Evaluation of the relationship between adolescents’ nutritional habits and school achievements


  • Rukuye Aylaz Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey
  • Ummuhan Akturk Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey
  • Kevser Isik Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
  • Sinan Aslan Department of Public Health Nursing, High School of Health, Batman University, Batman, Turkey
  • Hilal Yildirim Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey




Adolescent, Nutritional habits, School achievement


Background: This research was performed for the purpose of evaluating the relationship between adolescents’ nutritional habits and school achievements.

Methods: This is a cross-sectional study and it was performed with the participation of adolescents. Research sample was composed of a total of 1,651 students selected via cluster sampling method from six high-schools and their equivalents chosen through simple random sampling in a manner to ensure that each high school type was represented in the sample from 46 high-schools.  

Results: The mean of students’ school achievement scores is 72.95±12.28. As per analysis of the correlation between means of scores obtained by students from nutrition exercise behavior scale (NEBS) sub-scales and means of students’ school achievement scores, it was found that students’ school achievement was positively correlated with sub-scales of healthy nutrition-exercise behavior and regularity of meal patterns.

Conclusions: It was ascertained that, as scores obtained by students from NEBS increased, students’ school achievement scores went up. It is recommended that, through the cooperation to be established between health professionals, school staff and family, adolescents should be enticed to acquire the healthy food selection autonomy and to make it a part of their lifestyles as of early age.


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