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Junk Food Intake Among Teenagers in Odisha, and Its Impact in Health

Junk Food Intake Among Teenagers in Odisha, and Its Impact in Health

BR Abha Ayushree 1 ,Dr. Anjali Tarai 2

IJANP. 2021 June; 1(2): 19–23. Published online 2021 June


Abstract: Background: Food’s high in calories, salt, and fats are known as junk foods. Excessive intake of junk foods can result in a range of health problems.
Purpose: The goal of this study is to learn more about teenage fast-food intake in Odisha, especially among those aged 15 to 25, and how it affects their health.
Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study of teens was undertaken using 60 adolescents of both sexes as the study's sample. The questionnaire was divided into two parts: the first was for socio-demographic information, and the second was for junk food intake patterns and determining variables, as well as their impact on health. MS Excel was used to analyse the data. A statistically significant value was defined as P 0.05.
Results: The findings revealed that more females (72.0 percent) than boys consumed fast food, and nearly half of participants (25.0 percent) consumed fast food as a substitute for a main meal, and more than half of participants (75.0 percent) consumed soft drink every day. Furthermore, a higher proportion of participants (58.0 percent) had urinary tract infection, which could be linked to the fact that chips and soft drink were the most appealing food items among participants.

Keywords : Nutrition; Fast Food; Junk Foods; Consumption; Teenagers.