Dietary practices of pregnant mothers from different ethnic groups in the Batticaloa district, Sri Lanka

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dc.contributor.author S. Amuthenie, R. Sivakanesan
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-13T06:04:54Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-13T06:04:54Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.issn 1391-5886
dc.identifier.uri http://www.digital.lib.esn.ac.lk/handle/123456789/3724
dc.description.abstract This study was aimed to investigate the dietary practices during pregnancy among mothers in the Batticaloa district. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 382 pregnant women at 12-24 weeks of pregnancy. Socio-economic and dietary data were collected by using pre tested food frequency questionnaire through face-to-face interview. Processed data were analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 19. Of the pregnant mothers, 56% (214) were Tamils and 44% (168) were Muslims. Higher percentage of Tamil pregnant mothers reached their tertiary education level than Muslim mothers and Muslim pregnant mothers had higher income than Tamil pregnant mothers in the district. About 59% of the Muslim pregnant women and only 28% of Tamils were overweight before conception. On cereals intake 91.7% Muslim pregnant mothers and 84.1% Tamil mothers received their energy from rice. Muslim pregnant women had high tendency to eat fruits especially orange (95.2%), grapes (86.9%) and watermelon (54.2%), fish (91.7%) and beef (91.5%). Tamil women prefer to eat leafy vegetables (88.2%) and bottle gourd (58.9%). The ethnicity of the pregnant mothers highly influenced the consumption pattern of food group of meat, fruits and vegetables. Tamil pregnant mothers shows their preference to eat vegetable. And the frequency of consumption of meat is high among Muslim pregnant mothers. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Eastern University, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject Dietary practices en_US
dc.subject Pregnancy en_US
dc.subject Nutritional status en_US
dc.subject Consumption pattern en_US
dc.title Dietary practices of pregnant mothers from different ethnic groups in the Batticaloa district, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.sslno 11-1.4 en_US


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