The Effect of Lifestyle and Consumption of Fast Food on the Health of Elementary School Children in Urban Areas


  • Lucia Fernandez College of Health Sciences, University of Belize, Belmopan, Belize
  • Jamal Ahmed Faculty/Study program of Nutrition, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi


Lifestyle, Fast Food, Health


The objective of this investigation is to assess the impact of lifestyle and fast-food consumption on the well-being of primary school students residing in urban localities. The study included a sample of 200 participants who were children between the ages of 6 and 12 residing in urban regions. The study employed interviews and anthropometric measurements as data collection methods, and utilized the chi-square test and logistic regression for data analysis. The findings indicated that a significant proportion of the participants exhibited poor dietary habits and a sedentary way of life. The regular intake of fast food has been linked to an elevated likelihood of obesity and other health complications among children. A noteworthy correlation exists between the lifestyle and fast-food consumption patterns of elementary school children residing in urban areas and their nutritional status. The involvement of parents and families is crucial in influencing the development of wholesome lifestyles and dietary habits in children. There is a pressing need to heighten awareness and mobilize stakeholders such as parents, healthcare professionals, and policy makers in the health and education domains to foster healthy dietary practices and lifestyles among children residing in urban locales. The findings of this study suggest that there is a need for more rigorous and systematic endeavors to enhance the dietary habits and exercise routines of children residing in urban localities.




How to Cite

Fernandez, L., & Ahmed, J. (2023). The Effect of Lifestyle and Consumption of Fast Food on the Health of Elementary School Children in Urban Areas. Journal I Mappedic: Health Science Studies, 1(1), 15–22. Retrieved from