Better knowledge of the adolescence and dietary intake are necessary to help adolescent to pass this period and healthful adulthood.
Assessment of students knowledge, attitude and practice among secondary school students toward nutrition and factors leading to nutritional problems among school adolescents.
Male (n – 99) and female (n- 101), first year of governmental secondary schools of Kalyobia gorvenorate; they were selected by multistage random sample.
Data was obtained through self administered questionnaire that included questions about seciodemographic data, attitude, practice, nutritional knowledge and students health status from medical records.
More than half of students had poor knowledge about adolescence and poor nutrition. Students attitude and practice were better in urban than rural resident and better in females than males. There are high percentage of hemoglobin regarding positive attitude and practice. Female students had desire to reduce weight more than male.
Socioeconomic status is influential contributors to knowledge of students about nutrition. Residence affects students' attitude and practice.
Nutritional education must be a clear and a simple massage through booklets and posters in all secondary schools. Information about adolescence (growth and development) should be taught within school curricula.