Impact of breakfast habits on Physical Parameters and Academic Performance of Nursing Students
Keywords:Breakfast habits, BMI, Haemoglobin, Nursing Students, Academic Performance.
Background: Breakfast is an important meal of the day. Skipping Breakfast has become very prevalent
among health science university students. Therefore, the present study was conducted to find the impact
breakfast habits on the Body Mass Index (BMI), Haemoglobin and Academic performance.
Methodology: Eighty-one, first year undergraduate nursing students from the Nitte (deemed to be University),
were taken for the study, after taking informed consent from them. Purposive sampling Technique was
used to select the students. Students Breakfast habits were assessed by questionnaires, and haemoglobin
(Hb) level was by lab investigation. Standard instruments were used to check the height and weight of the
Results: Revealed that the majority of the students (55.6%) skipped Breakfast. Also, the majority of them
mentioned the reason for skipping Breakfast is lack of time, getting up late, not hungry, not interested
in having Breakfast, and tasteless food. Beside, there was no significant difference found between BMI,
Hb, and Academic Score in breakfast-skippers and non-skippers. Though the present study hasn’t shown
any impact of breakfast habits on physical parameters and academic performance, it may affect on total
nutritional status of the students. So it’s need of the hour to aware the students on the importance of regular
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