EATING HABIT AS A DETERMINANT OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN IKENNE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
The study examined Eating Habit As A Determinant Of Academic Performance Among Secondary School Students In Ikenne Local Government Area.
More specifically, the study sought to assess the eating habits and academic performance among secondary school students.
The study comprises of students in senior secondary school classes two and three (SS2 and SS3), random sampling technique was use to pick the respondents of these classes and 187 senior secondary school students were selected in Ishanbi Comprehensive High School. The sample size was determined using Solvin (1960) sample size formula.
180 respondents duly participated in the survey. A well- developed questionnaire was designed to elicit information from the respondents
The items of measurement will was rated on a 5-point Likert type scale which ranks responses on a scale of strongly agree (5) to strongly disagree (1).
The data analysis used for the study was carried out in two stages: the descriptive and inferential analysis.
Result from the study indicated that the variants of eating habit in terms of breakfast consumption, water consumption, late-night eating and consumption of healthy meals have significant impact on the academic performance of students, Furthermore, it was also found that gender moderates the influence of eating habit on the academic performance of students, it also indicated that late night eating affect the sleeping pattern of students.
Also, it was found that good eating habit promotes students’ physical wellness and academic performance, and eating healthy diets strengthens students’ intellectual development.
Base on this, the study advised that parents/schools should ensures that their children/students take nutritious meals as breakfast before coming to school, and Schools should make sure students are enlightened and advised to consume a lot of water, at least 1 liter per day to improve students concentration during teaching sessions
1.1 Background to the Study
Most students in our secondary schools today are finding it difficult to concentrate and do well in their studies and because of this, academic achievement becomes a problem. Many of the academic problems students face is fueled by poor nutrition and lack of proper eating habit. Academic performance is measured through continuous assessments and examinations. Academic performance can be seen as a problem when students are not able to reach the short-term or long-term goals in their education. When students do not perform well in school, it can be seen to be that the students did not study hard for the examination or test and also can be caused by poor concentration in school, poor memory, poor ability to follow through topics and also poor coordination in class.