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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 44

Trends in fast-food consumption among Kuwaiti youth

Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Life Sciences, Kuwait University, 13060 Safat, Kuwait

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Dalal Alkazemi
Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Life Sciences, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, Safat - 13060
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2008-7802.256527

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Background: We assessed fast-food consumption including frequency, type, and reasons among college students from the Kuwait University, and whether there were any key sex differences. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted from January–March 2016 with 421 students (297 women, mean age = 20.99 ± 3.14 years). Students completed self-administered fast-food questionnaires and weight and height measurements were obtained. Results: Most (81.4%) consumed fast food more than twice per week and more men than women were overweight or obese (54.8% vs. 38.7%, respectively; P = 0.002); however, there were no differences in the fast-food frequency per body mass index or sex. Taste was the most reported motivator to consume fast food (46.7%) and women were significantly more likely to value taste as compared to men (49.8% vs. 38.9%, respectively; P = 0.005). Conclusions: Fast food is a key part of college students' diet in Kuwait; therefore, students should be educated on the negative effects of frequent fast-food consumption. University health promotional activities should include nutrition education on healthier fast-food options and how to prepare easy-to-cook meals at home.

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