Volume 4, Issue 3 (Oct-Dec 2015)                   JCHR 2015, 4(3): 194-202 | Back to browse issues page

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Yarmohammadi P, Sharifirad G R, Azadbakht L, Yarmohammadi P, Rahaei Z, Bahrevar V et al . The Association between Socio-Demographic Charactristics and Fast Food Consumption withinHigh School Students in Isfahan, Iran. JCHR. 2015; 4 (3) :194-202
URL: http://jhr.ssu.ac.ir/article-1-279-en.html
1- Health Education, Kashani Hospital, Shahrekord University of Medical Science, Shahrekord, Iran.
2- Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Health, Ghom University of Medical Sciences, Ghom, Iran
3- Food Safety Research Center, Department of Nutrition, School of Health and Nutrition, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
4- Department of animal physiology, University of Shiraz, Shiraz, Iran
5- Health Education Department, School of Public Health, Yazd Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran , z_rahayy@yahoo.com
6- School of Health, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences and Health Services Yazd, Yazd, Iran
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Introduction: Fast food consumption has greatly increased with in adolescents in recent years, which is linked with weight gain, poor dietary indexes and insulin resistance. Hence, the purpose of this study was to examine the association between demographic characteristics and fast food consumption with in high school students.

Materials & Methods: In this descriptive-analytic study, a sample of 521 high school students  aged 15-18 years were examined in Isfahan city, who were selected via multistage sampling method. The study data were collected using a questionnaire completed by the students. The present study probed to assess such items as frequency of fast food consumption, demographic characteristics, hours of television viewing, as well as high school students' knowledge and attitude. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Result: Frequent intake of fast food (&ge1 time/week) was reported 15.5% within females and 15.3% within males. A significant relationship was detected between parents’ high level of education and high income of the family with the fast food consumption. The predominate reasons for fast food consumption were stated as “enjoying tastes”, “eating at any place”,” inexpensive and economic”.

Conclusion: The findings revealed that fast food consumption increased in families with high income and high education level, though these families needed to be educated on the harmful effects of fast food and how to choose the healthy foods. Therefore, some interventions may be regarded beneficial in order to reduce the exposure to the fast food and promote knowledge, attitude, and behavior change in regard with reducing consumption of fast food.

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Review: Research | Subject: Public Health
Received: 2015/12/19 | Accepted: 2015/12/19 | Published: 2015/12/19

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