Eating for good health can be easy byfollowing the food guide pyramid and adjusting your food choices and number of servings within each of the major food groups. In general, eating a wide variety of fresh, whole (unprocessed), foods has proven favourable compared to monotonous diets based on processed foods.
The preferences for eating habits or foods in humans are established by the influences from socioeconomic level of family size, income, educational levels of parents. In the present study 500 sample of adult girls (17 to 20 years) of college adult girls(urban) and non college adult girls' (urban slum) 250 samples in each in Jamnagar city were studied for socio demographic characteristics and dietary pattern. The results showed college adult girls (urban) Jamnagar City comprised of medium family size where as non college adult girls comprised of large family size. The family income of college adult girls (urban) ranged in lower class, followed by maximum in lower middle class and whereas non college adult girls (urban slum) were categorized only in poor family. Regarding education, college adult girls (urban) head of the family had minimum primary education and at maximum, had completed college compared to non college adult girls (urban slum) head of the family had only primary and secondary education. Meal pattern of the college adult girls (urban) and non college adult girls (urban slum) had four times a day meal pattern . College adult girls(urban) were purely vegetarians where as non college adult
girls (urban slum) took mixed diet. Amongst food groups green leafy vegetables andfruits were avoided by both college and non college adult girls. Daily intake of pulses and milkwas less compared to RDA where as intake of roots and tuber particularly potato, fats and
oils and sugar and jaggery was highest among all thefood groups. The study provides hope
for change in dietary habits and healthy eating for better health.
Diet, nutrition, eating habits, socio economic level.
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