Revista de ciencia de los alimentos y nutrición


Dietary pattern disparities among high and middle socioeconomic school students

Mahnaz Nasir Khan, Laraib Rafaqat, Maham Ijaz Malik, Moha Akram Khan, Nishwa Anwar, Rukh Gohar, Zainab Zaka

A limited number of dietary assessment instruments specifically designed for children are available. The study focused on assessing the dietary intake of children and comparing the results with the standard serving size mentioned in food guide pyramid to check whether they were consuming the required servings of all food groups per day or not. FFQ was used to collect the dietary intake of the children. There are so many factors that directly or indirectly impact the pattern and quality of diet, socio-economic factor has a great importance that plays its role in patterning our diet. Our basic aims were to assess the dietary pattern of students studying in high and middle socio-economic class schools. Childhood is the substantial stage of life that requires adequate nutrients to fulfill body requirements that may change due to diverse environmental and living standards. The study includes 30 students from two schools belonging to high and middle socio-economic classes. The results showed that as socio-economic status tends to get better, diet quality improves and promotes healthy lifestyle as compared to those living in improvised conditions.