ASSESSING FACTORS INFLUENCING THE EFFECTS OF POOR NUTRITIONAL NEEDS ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF OKADA GRAMMAR SCHOOL STUDENTS IN OKADA COMMUNITY

ABSTRACT

Poor nutrition is an unbearable burden not only on the health systems, but the entire socio-cultural and economic status of the society. The main purpose of this research study is to investigate factors influencing the effects of poor nutritional needs on academic performance of grammar school students in Okada community. A descriptive design will be used for this study. This research was carried out in Okada. The target population for this study comprises of 180 grammar school students in Okada, Edo State. This will be done by imputing data into the computer and arranging it using SPSS method (version 21.0) of data analysis. This result revealed that (15.5%) of the respondents were married, (87.5%) were unmarried (0%) were divorced and (0%) were widowed. this means that most of the respondents (87.5%) were unmarried because they prefer marriage after school. 118(98.3%) felt that Lack of balance diet can lead to poor Okada grammar school students in Okada community, 2(1.7%) did not. 100(83.3%) agreed that poor nutritional status among nursing student can lead to depression while 20(16.7%) disagree. Poor nutrition affects physical growth, morbidity, mortality, cognitive development, reproduction, and physical work capacity, and it consequently impacts on human performance, health and survival.  A well-nourished child is one whose weight and height measurements compare very well with the standard normal distribution of heights and weights of healthy children of the same age and sex. It is concluded that improvements in students feeding, and better maternal education are needed to maintain the children’s nutritional status.

Keywords: Effects, poor nutritional needs, and academic performance

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