Nutritional status of the street food consumers of a private university in Bangladesh

Ayesha Akhter, Farzana Sultana Bari, Mohammad Abdul Mannan

Abstract


A cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the nutritional status of randomly selected 120 consumers of street
foods of a private University at Dhaka. The data on socioeconomic information, nutritional status, street food
preference, personal hygiene and occurrence of diseases was collected using a structured questionnaire. Nutritional
status was determined by BMI. Statistical analysis was done by using the SPSS and Microsoft excel. As revealed in the
study, 76.7% of the respondents were male, 58.3% belonged to middle income group and 76.7% respondent’s
educational expenses were borne by their parents. Street foods were preferred by 24.2% consumers because of their
good taste and quick service. The most preferred street foods were Shingara, Samucha and Puri. Street foods were
stated as unhealthy by 56.7% consumers. Among them 16.7% had under nutrition, 23.3% had over nutrition and 60%
had normal nutrition status. There is a significant association between nutritional status and hygienic practices (p value
= 0.046). But 38.3% with normal nutritional status suffered from various diseases. There is no significant relationship
between the street food consumption and nutritional status. More frequent street food consumption might have
unhealthy effect on nutritional status. Therefore, further studies are required to evaluate the effect of frequent street
food consumption on nutritional status.


Keywords


Street food. Nutritional status. Hygienic practice

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