Quantitative Analysis of Food Habits and Nutrient Intake of Adolescents in Two Different States in South India
Keywords:Dietary pattern, Biochemicals, RDA, Critical ratio test etc.
All minerals are necessary for the overall growth of the child. Two minerals are special namely calcium necessary for rapid growth of bones and developing teeth and iron necessary for the formation of hemoglobin. In case of girls menstrual iron losses may predispose to simple iron deficiency anemia and need for iron are more. Since the rate of BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is high the iodine requirement also increased. Adequate water soluble and fat soluble vitamins should be included in adequate amount in the children’s diet for their different functions. So after vast qualitative assessment, research continued on quantitative study which includes diet pattern of adolescents and intake of various biochemicals data taken in two regions of South India. Adolescent girls and boys of Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu were taken up study and their habits of taking their food and type of nutrients they were consuming were identified and analysed using Quantitative methods.