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Science, Technology and Development Vol. 37 (1), 2018
Research Article
Survey of the Drinking Habits of 12-16 Year Old School Children of Islamabad, Pakistan
Saima Nasir and Jamila Ahmed
Abstract: Literature reporting the consumption habits of school children with reference to the drinking of water and other drinks is limited. The type and volume of drinks, consumed over 24 hours, were evaluated according to the gender and socioeconomic status of 551 school children, aged 12-16 years, from 9 schools of different localities of Islamabad, Pakistan.
These results revealed that 4.9% of the students consumed at least two glasses of water, 36.66% consumed 3-5 glasses, 37.2% consumed 6-8 glasses while remaining 21.23% students consumed more than eight glasses of water. Lower socio-economic status (LSES) group consumed the highest average of water on the day of study. Students of higher socio-economic status (HSES) consumed the highest average of fruit juices or fizzy drinks (13.44%) as well as of both milk products and juices (16.67%) while middle socio-economic status (MSES) group was the highest consumer of milk products (69.95%). LSES group (16.48%) consumed no other liquid except water.
This study aids in filling the gap in the literature by providing an analysis of the drinking habits of school children. It includes the consumption of plain water and other drinks. Overall drinking habits are satisfactory in the study group but a continuous effort and planning is required to maintain a healthy trend.
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