ADEDEJI O. A and BAMISAYE O. J
Department of Home Economics
Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo
The study examined food consumption and participation in school activities of junior secondary pupils in different living arrangements in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo state. A sample of one hundred and fifty (150) respondents was selected for the study through multi-stage random sampling technique. Data was collected with the aid of a food frequency and fixed response questionnaire and was analysed using frequency count, simple percentage and statistical package for social sciences (SPSS). Major findings revealed that about 40% of respondents live with both parents while the remaining 53% live in other arrangements. There is no significant difference in consumptionof the categories of food groups of pupils across the living arrangements. However, pupils living with mothers alone exhibit least attendance in school and participation in tests and examinations. The most common food consumption problems among pupils are dislike for available foods, food restriction, preference of snacks to cooked foods and personal weight gain concerns. The study therefore recommends that parents and guardians should desist from placing restrictions on food but rather encourage healthy food consumption of their wards.
Keywords : Food consumption, Participation, School activities, Living arrangements