Our study was conducted in the Hashemite University of Jordan to assess the nutritional status of students. A sample of 304 students was taken and body weight, height, triceps skinfold thickness, waist, hips circumferences and fat percentage were measured. Body mass index and waist hip ratio were calculated and hematocrit was measured, food frequency questionnaire was filled.
The results show that 11% of female and 21% of male students were overweight and 5% of males and 1% of females were of class I obesity. The hematocrit results indicate that 72% of males and 81% of females were of acceptable range of hematocrit. The results also show a variation in the food consumption frequency of different food items. The daily consumption of different kinds of vegetables, fresh and powdered milk was low. However, the daily milk products consumption of different kinds was reasonable. The daily consumption of different kinds of beverages, sugar and chocolate was high.
Tayyem Reema, The Hashemite University, Jordan