Nutritional Assessment of Female College-Aged Students during Ramadan’s Fasting

Seham Rashid Ali Al-Hinai*

Food Science and Nutrition Department, College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman

*Email Address for Correspondence: [email protected]


Background: Few studies have reported a high intake of calories among Muslims during Ramadan’s fasting. The present study examined the nutritional dietary intake among Omanis. Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the nutritional states in relation to nutritional problems among female college-aged students living at compass during Ramadan’s fasting. Subjects and Methods: A cross sectional study included 200 female students living at Sultan Qaboos University compass were conducted during Ramadan in summer 2015 using 5 days-FFQ. Results: Study subjects were grouped depending on body mass index (BMI), physical activity, age and college. Total caloric intake was significantly over consumed in 68% of subjects, carbohydrates in 72.5% and proteins in 48%. Specific micronutrients showed tendency to develop nutritional problems (Iron, Zink vitamins C and K). Conclusion: The daily intake, carbohydrates and proteins increased during fasting. It was recommended that consumption of carbohydrates and sweets should be limited and more physical activity should be performed in Ramadan.

Keywords: Nutritional Assessment, Ramadan Fasting, Female Adults

Citation: Al-Hinai SRA. Nutritional assessment of female college-aged students during Ramadan’s fasting. Canad J Clin Nutr 2016; 4 (2): 72-80.