Unhealthy Dietary as a Lifestyle-Risk Determinant of Non-Communicable Diseases among Students of Federal University Students in North-West Zone, Nigeria

  • Hajara Aminu Abdulfatah Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

Abstract

This study assessed unhealthy dietary as a lifestyle risk determinant of non-communicable diseases among federal university students in Northwest zone, Nigeria. Descriptive research survey design was used for this study. Three (3) research questions and hypotheses were formulated. A sample of one thousand one hundred and fifty-two (1,152), drawn from the population of one hundred and fifteen thousand one hundred and ten (115110) respondents was used for the study. A multi-stage sampling procedure comprises of simple random sampling, proportionate sampling techniques and purposive sampling techniques were used to selects the sample size. A standardized instrument named WHO STEP (Step 1) wise protocol was adapted as the instrument. The instrument was reliable with 0.819 and 0.832. Findings from the study showed that unhealthy dietary intake as a lifestyle risk for non-communicable diseases among federal university students in north-west zone, Nigeria is significant, Gender difference in lifestyle risk determinants of non-communicable diseases among federal university students in north-west zone, Nigeria is not significant and age difference in lifestyle risk determinants of non-communicable diseases among federal university students in north-west zone, Nigeria is not significant. Based on the findings of the study, it was concluded that the students of federal universities in north west zone, Nigeria engage in unhealthy dietary consumption, there was no gender difference in lifestyle risk determinants of non-communicable diseases among students of federal universities in northwest zone, Nigeria and there was no age difference in lifestyle risk determinants of non-communicable diseases among students of federal universities in northwest zone, Nigeria. It was therefore, recommended that the students should develop initiative that will help them make use of mobile phone as a channel for improving healthy habits relating to the prevention and reduction of unhealthy lifestyle practices that can lead to non-communicable diseases in the campus and in order to prevent temptation from eating processed foods with calories from added sugars and saturated fats, the university management needs to create a central kitchen where students can have their meal centrally.


Keywords: unhealthy dietary, lifestyle risk determinant, non-communicable diseases

Published
2020-10-25
How to Cite
ABDULFATAH, Hajara Aminu. Unhealthy Dietary as a Lifestyle-Risk Determinant of Non-Communicable Diseases among Students of Federal University Students in North-West Zone, Nigeria. KIU Journal of Humanities, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 3, p. 163-171, oct. 2020. ISSN 2522-2821. Available at: <https://ijhumas.com/ojs/index.php/kiuhums/article/view/1019>. Date accessed: 22 jan. 2022.