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ASSESSMENT AND PERCEIVED IMPACT OF JUNK FOOD CONSUMPTION AMONG UNDERGRADUATES OF LADOKE AKINTOLA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, OGBOMOSO, NIGERIA

It is observed that Nigerian foods is being substituted for Western food by the young, youths and old, thus, changing their eating lifestyle which in turn contributed to non-communicable diseases. This study assessed the perceived impact of junk food consumption among undergraduates of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria. Descriptive design is used for this study and multistage sampling technique is used to select 323 respondents from nine departments within three faculties in the University. The instrument used for this study is a self-developed questionnaire divided into five sections, with a reliability coefficient score of 0.8 using test retest method. SPSS version 21 is used for the study and presented in frequencies, percentages and tables. The result showed that, 53.3% of the respondents were male; 56.0% are within the age range of 21-25 years, majority are either Christians or Muslims. The result of this study further revealed that the consumption of junk foods among undergraduates is very high (70.1%) and more females consume junk food than males. This study also observed that the respondents had adequate knowledge on junk foods and perceived that the impact of junk food consumption is associated with health challenges. It is therefore recommended that production process of food product should be taken through strict scrutiny to ensure adherence to the health safe standard.

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