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Vol. 10, Special Issue 11 (2021)

Fat intake and academic performance: A relation beyond imagination

Author(s):
Ritu Priya and Dr. Mukul Sinha
Abstract:
Diet is vital in life as a major determinant of health, while good nutrition is essential for growth, development and maintenance of health throughout the life. It is highly important to have adequate dietary intake to complement daily physical and mental activities. Brain accounts for only about 2% of a person’s body weight, but consumes between 20-30% of the body’s available energy and oxygen (Gustafson, 2010) [1]. Adequate and sufficient healthy intake of food is essential to brain function (Bloom, 2009; Dauncey, 2009; Kazal, 2002; Shariff, Bond, & Johnson, 2000). Moreover, maximizing brain function is a prime factor in seizing appropriate cognitive capability – for example, ability to focus, comprehension, evaluation, and application – in learning (Kretchmer, Beard, Carlson, 1996; Schmitt, 2010).
Life can be sustained only with adequate nourishment. Since time immemorial the focus has been given to taking balance diet or proper nutrition. There are two groups of nutrients- Macro & Micro.
The study was conducted among 60 students (30 boys and 30 girls) from all colleges of Dr. RPCAU who were residing in University hostel and studying in seventh semester. In order to extract relevant information an interview schedule was developed. In order to know about the dietary intake of subjects 24 hours dietary recall method was used study showed that boys were consuming more protein (28.82%), fat (10.33%), iron (42.12%). vitamin-c(36.4%) and less calorie(-6.93%), calcium(-6.91%),vitamin B12 (-83%) and folic acid(-14.11%) in comparison to RDA. Whereas, girls were consuming more protein (9.85%), fat (7.64%) vitamin-c (55.17%) and less calorie (-0.93%), iron (-7.1%), calcium (-22.23%), vitaminB12 (-76%) and folic acid (-18.89%) when compared with RDA 2010. OGPA of students were negatively and non-significant with carbohydrate, protein, iron and vitamin B12 but significantly correlated with energy and fat whereas negatively significantly correlated with calcium study shows that girls are consuming more fat and less energy than boys students and their academic performance is also better than boys students. A Significant relation of energy and fat is also found with academic performance of students. Consuming fat in acceptable amount may be helpful in better academic performance. So students need restrict fat intake in view of gaining weight.
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How to cite this article:
Ritu Priya and Dr. Mukul Sinha. Fat intake and academic performance: A relation beyond imagination. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2021; 10(11S): 775-777.

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