Food Consumption Pattern And Micro Nutrient Intake Of Mothers
This study was carried out to assess the food consumption pattern and micronutrient Intake of mothers in Ojo Local Government Area in Lagos State. One hundred and eighty respondents were selected randomly. Data was collected using food frequency and anthropometric data such as height, weight and body mass index. Other date collected include the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the respondents. The data were analyzed using descriptive analysis such as frequency count, percentage and mean.
Using the BMI classification, 48.2% of the subjects are within the normal range 6.5% are mildly malnourished while 1.2% of the population is severely malnourished. Based on findings on their food habits majority of the women eat three times a day, and also eat between meals 55% include fruits in their daily diet, 18.9% eat vitamin A rich foods once in a week and 30.6% take vitamin and iron supplements regularly. 74% consume animal protein once in a day, and 39% occasionally. The results of the study indicate that the food intake of mothers in Ojo Local Government area is satisfactory but their micro nutrient intake was not sufficient.
Nutrition is the science of food, nutrients and other substances, their action, interaction and balance in relation to health and disease and the processes by which the organism ingests, digests, absorbs transports, utilizes and excretes food substances.
The development of nutrition made food to be recognized as the fundamental source of nutrients. Food and nutrition are basic human rights because they are necessary for human development.
Malnutrition is the major contribution to illness and diseases in the world. This includes risk factors related to undernutrition, excess consumption of certain diet components (carbohydrates, fat, etc) and low consumption of other food items like fruits and vegetables. Rural dwellers food consumption pattern depends on many factors intervention into the life patterns of the community to which they belong. These factors affect food availability and how each food could be processed and stored.
Food consumption patterns can be defined as the recognizable ways of eating foods rural dwellers tend to adhere to their old eating patterns rather than venturing to seek new and more proper eating habits. In order to maintain healthful diets, a variety and balance of foods from all food groups and moderate consumption of all food items is very important.
Variety in diet implies choosing a number of different foods within any food group, rather than eating the “same old thing” day after day. Food consumption patterns has been observed to be influenced by socio-economic factors including sex, income, occupation, type of house and source of cooking energy, food consumption patterns of the mother prior to conception during pregnancy and lactation affects the reproductive cycle and health of the newborn infant. A mother with poor food consumption patterns has the risk of delivering a baby that is physically and mentally handicapped. Wright and Sims (1987) assert that many complex interacting systems affect man’s food consumption pattern and his consequent state of health. They further explained that natural environment (climate, topography soil conditions etc) determines what food can be produced. The man made environment (technological developments for processing, storing and distribution of food) affects what food will be made available for consumption.
Proper and adequate food consumption patterns is the instrument for achieving other rural developmental goals, most especially those connected to reduction in child mortality and improvements in material health. Primary educational enrolment and achievement, gender equity and the capacity of resist disease, in order to be healthy and active women need to have food in adequate quantity, quality and variety in order to meet energy and nutrient. Consumption patterns of the mother prior to conception and during pregnancy and lactation affects the reproductive cycle and health of the newborn infant. A mother with poor food consumption patterns have the risk of delivery a baby that is physically and mentally handicapped.
Adequate food plays an important role in rural development activities. It ensures their capacity to embark on livelihood activities that is sustainable.
To assess the food consumption pattern and micro nutrient intake of mothers in Imo State Local Government Area Lagos.
- To assess the nutritional status of mothers in Imo State L.G.A
- To investigate, measure and assess the food pattern of mother in Imo State L.G.A.
- To assess the micronutrient intake of mothers in Ojo L.G.A.
Malnutrition remains an existing problem among Nigerians especially women and children. Malnutrition could be due to lack of food or socio-cultural factors of people. This study will throw light on the following
- It will add to our knowledge on the relationship between nutrition of people and the socio-economic characteristics of the people
- The actual or real causes of malnutrition in Nigeria.
1.4 Research Questions
- What is pattern of women activity
- What is the current food consumption pattern of mothers in Imo State L.G.A
- What is the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of women in Imo State LGA.
- To determine the relationship between their food consumption patterns and their environmental health condition.
1.4 Problem Statement
Malnutrition is a poor condition of health, caused by a lack of food or a lack of the right type of food. Many Nigerians are plagued with malnutrition. Malnourished Nigerians was as high as 24% in the rural area and 26% in the urban area.
It is important to know the reasons for the existing poor nutritional state of population could it be due to
- Lack of nutritional awareness of the people
- Un-availability of nutritional foods
- Thus this study will examine the food consumption patterns and micro nutrient intake of mothers in Imo State LGA Lagos.
1.5 Limitations of Study
- Some of the questions asked in the questionnaires were felt to be personal like how much their annual income is
- Some of the women could not spare time to fill the questionnaires
- Some were illiterates and so could not understand the questionnaires
Conclusion and Recommendation
The study was carried out to assess the food consumption patter and micro nutrient intake of mothers in Ojo Local Government Area Lagos.
The results of the study indicate that majority of the mothers are in the productive age (25-31) married, and with little or no education. Majority of the subjects are from the eastern part of Nigeria, and are traders or self employed.
The result of their food intake indicated that cereals, tubers and roots dominate their food intake, for breakfast, lunch and supper. The body mass index result also indicated that 48.2% of the mothers are within the normal range 13.7% are obese 6.5% mildly malnourished and 1.2% severely malnourished .
In conclusion the study indicated that the mothers have a satisfactory food intake. However, their intake of fruits, vegetables and vitamin A rich foods as well as animal protein needs to be improved.
Measures should be taken not only to increase the purchasing power of the majority but also to encourage equitable distribution of income in the society. Such measures should include giving security benefits.
There is need to increase food supply as well as the equality of food consumed in the country through increased domestic food production. The agricultural sector should be fortified by the government to meet the objectives through formulation and implementation of progressive policies. Such will include the encouragement of more people to go into agriculture. There should be reduction of waste through provision of adequate storage facilities.
The rural area should be provided with portable water, health services educational facilities training such as electricity, roads and other social services.
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