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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1986-1990

Relationship between nutritional habits and school performance among primary school students in Asser Region

1 Assistant Prof. of Pediatrics, Department of Child Health, KKU, Abha, KSA
2 Medical Intern, KKU, Abha, KSA

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Dr. Youssef Alqahtani
Assistant Prof. of Pediatrics, Department of Child Health, KKU, Abha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_885_19

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Background: Healthy nutrition is a necessary for people mental health, because of that nutritional habits effect on school performance. So, a high sugar intake, fat, and fast food meals have a strong relationship with low academic performance and lot of diseases like metabolic disease in other researches of pediatric age group. Aim: To assess nutritional habits and its relation with school performance among primary school students in Aseer region, Saudi Arabia. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in targeting parents of primary school children in Aseer region. Data were collected using pre-structured online questionnaire. Questionnaire was available online using social media programs to be answered by students' mothers. Residence was initial question to confirm residency at Aseer region. Results: A total sample of 357 respondents with their children ages ranged from 6- to 18-year-old and 62.7% of their children were females. Exact 81% of the students had 3 meals daily and 88% had their breakfast before going to school. About 75% of the sampled mothers reported excellent grade for their student school performance. Also, significant association of school performance with breakfast intake and fast food was recorded. Conclusions: In conclusion, the study revealed that the students had an averaged eating habits regarding meals number specially breakfast and contents. Fast food was recorded among two thirds of the students which is negative finding. Also, school performance was very good and significantly associated with eating habits specially breakfast intake and fast food frequency.

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