[Association between Snack Consumption and Nutritional Status among Undergraduate Students]

Devi Puspasari, Farapti Farapti

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Oven nutrition among adults are public health problem that prevalence increase continuously by the year. College students who included in adult age group had many changes in lifestyle like snacking behaviour. The aim of study was to describe snacking behaviour among college students and to analyze association between snacking behaviour and nutritional status. Study was a cross-sectional study with total sample s 74 college students, who had determined by simple random sampling method. Snacking behaviour and subjects characteristic data were collected using Semi Quantitative-Food Frequency Questionnaire (SQ-FFQ) and structured questionnaire. Nutritional status was measured from body mass index, calculated by height and body weight. Statistical analysis were done using T-Test, Mann-Whitney test, and Pearson correlation. Average of snacking frequency were 2.1±1.1 times/day with consumption amount was 272.5±149.5 gram/day. There was a diff erences in consumption of sweet-snack and fruit-vegetable between normal BMI and overweight college students. Energy contribution from snacking fulfi lled 17.1% of total daily energy. Energy, carbohydrate, protein, and fat consumption from snacking was associated signifi cantly to nutritional status (p=0.000; p=0.000; p=0.004; p=0.002) with strength of correlation were adequate (r=0.417; r=0.456; r=0.333; r=0.354). These was signifi cant correlation between energy and macronutrients from snacking to nutritional status among Public Health Universitas Airlangga students. Health college student should be more wise to choose type of snacks consumed by controlling the consumption of ready to eat snack and increase consumption of fruit and vegetable to avoid obesity problem.


snack; college students; nutritional status

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