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Assessment of Diet Quality and Nutritional Risks Representation of University of Bihać

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
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DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.533
  • Students
  • Student Diet
  • Energy Intake
  • Eating Habits
  • Nutritional Risks
  • Medicine


Abstract Nutritional risk factors can have a significant impact on mental and physical health of the student population. The aim of this study was to assess the nutritional status and quality of diet given to the recommended (RDA) input of nutrients, and to determine the eating habits of the student population of the University of Bihac (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The survey included 428 respondents (60.98% F and 39, 02% M) with an average age between 19 and 23 years. The research results indicate that students can be categorized as normal weight (97.60% of them), while female students (31.03% of them) fall into the category of moderately lean. Both sexes, with regard to daily energy share, take more fat in their diet (29.49M and 28.50% F) compared to the RDA recommendations. Breakfast is a regular meal of more than half of the students (67.4%), 94.96% of the student body has lunch regularly, and 80.96% of students have their dinner. The most common diet is the “fast food”. Meat and meat preparations are daily consumed by 54.67% of the student body. Fresh fruits were part of daily diet of 34.2%, and fresh vegetables 31.14% of the student body. Milk and dairy products were consumed among 26.30% of the students. The proportion of students who smoke, and those who consume alcohol is too high.

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