Impact of junk food on health status and physical performance of school going children (12-16 Years)
Anmol Lamba, Veena Garg
Junk food simply means an empty calorie food. An empty calorie food is a high calorie or calorie rich food which lacks in micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fiber but has a high energy (calories). Unfortunately, today’s world has been adapted to a system of consumption of foods which has several adverse effects on health. Junk food may be appealing due to their attractive appearance, taste, convenient, low cost and easy to consume. This changing lifestyle of new generation not only affects the nutritional status but also affect their physical performance. Keeping this view in mind, the present study was designed to assess the nutritional status and physical performance of adolescent boys and girls on the basis of tendency to eat junk food. The study was carried out on 240 school going children between the age group of 12-16 years of Dhampur city. The findings of study reveals that subjects habitual to junk food were more overweight as compared to other categories i.e., less habitual and non-habitual. Result also indicates that boys who were habitual and less habitual of junk food had significantly lower scores in jumping as compared to non-habitual adolescent boys. The girls who were habitual to junk food also had significantly low scores in jumping and significantly take more time in running as compared to less habitual counterparts.