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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: July-September | Volume: 2 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 41-47

Eating Habits in Kampung Salak Tinggi, Sepang, Selangor

Manpreetaljit K.S, Nur Ain M, A.A.Syahmie, Jennat-Ul F, Johnathan Joseph S

Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences.

Corresponding Author: Nur Ain M


Background: The study of eating habits among Malaysians has been poorly studied in our country and is now a trending topic to be observed upon. Eating habits among Malaysians should not be taken lightly as it influences the daily lives, as well as the start of all irreversible chronic diseases. This study is focused primarily on the eating habits of the community of Kampung Salak Tinggi, Sepang, Selangor.
Materials and Methods: Our study compromises of one hundred twenty-nine respondents from Kampung Salak Tinggi with a response rate of 100% participated in our study using cross sectional study design, simple random sampling method and using one way ANOVA and independent sample t test.
Result: The current data indicated that 55.8% of them do not take meals regularly. About 82.2% took breakfast regularly. About 47.3% had snacks less than three times per week. 85.3% respondents consumed vegetables three or more times per week. Almost half of them by 58.9% consumed fruits of three times or more per week. About 62.0% consume fried food twice a week or more. About 20.9% had fast food often and 82.2% took meals with family or friends daily. Among the respondents, 63.3% drink more than two litres of water every day. 46.5% of the respondents ate because feeling happy. Among the respondents, 27.9% woke up in the middle of the night just to go grab some food and nearly 25.6% of the respondents ate because of feeling lonely.
Conclusion: In a nutshell, the respondents from this research study, practice good eating habits except in regular meals, frequency of eating snacks and fried food. Besides that, the majority of the respondents does not have any psychological association to eating habits.

Keywords: Eating habits; Psychological Factors; Factors associated with eating habits; Compulsive Eating Habits; Kampung Salak Tinggi, Sepang, Selangor.

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