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Factors Associating Food Habits of International Students in Surabaya, Indonesia
Airin Levina, Lailatul Muniroh

Last modified: 2018-08-10


Background: The number of international students increase in Surabaya, Indonesia. In order to fulfil nutritional requirements, it is necessary for international students to adapt with new environment. The purpose of this study was to analyze factors associating food habits among international students in Surabaya, Indonesia.


Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study with 30 respondents. Data were collected through questionnaire interview and Semi Quantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire. Data were analyzed by chi-square and Pearson test.


Results: Strong factors associated with food habits were gender, food expenses, food access, residence, and roommate (r>0.6). Other factors associated food habits among international students were age, income, and cooking frequency. The average energy intake was 1888.27 ± 378.67 kcal. A half of international students were found skipping meal time at least once in a day.


Conclusions: Many factors associate with food habit which cause skipping meal. International students should have regular meal time and choose eating balance food.


Acknowledgement: The researchers expressed appreciation to International Student Fellowship in Surabaya.


Keywords: factor, food habit, international students

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