1 Affiliation : Department of Management Sciences - IBADAT International University Islamabad, 44000, Pakistan;Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Central South University Changsha, Hunan, China
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2 Affiliation : Department of Dietetics and Nutritional Sciences - IBADAT International University Islamabad, 44000, Pakistan
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3 Affiliation : Department of Computer Sciences - IBADAT International University Islamabad, 44000, Pakistan
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Although there has been a vast increase in nutritional knowledge, a healthy dietary pattern is still established due to a lack of knowledge, availability, and accessibility. Even if vegetables are consumed higher percentage of starchy vegetables is consumed hence a balanced and adequate diet is still not followed. This research collected data from different cities of Pakistan via a questionnaire which was filled both face to face as well as online. The sample size was 60 with 10 people from each group. Data was collected majorly in form of a food frequency questionnaire and then percentages and frequencies were calculated for all food groups. In age groups 3-12 years there was a higher consumption of beverages both hot and sweet and nuts and seeds were consumed in higher amounts. On the other hand, the age group 13-18 consumed more fruits and vegetables. Similarly, when moving to age 19-25 and 26-40 there is a higher consumption of milk and milk products. Cereals are consumed most by adults of age 41-60 years and 60+ leaned more towards sweets and snacks. Women tend to consume a more calorie-dense diet than men. Also, children and older adults rely more on sweets and snacks rather than fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-dense foods.
Diet; Food groups; Gender; Age groups; Food Frequency Questionnaire
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