Influence of urban low income women’s workload on family nutrition

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Jegede, I.O.
Ememe, P.I.
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Community Development Association of Nigeria (CDAN)
This study determined the influence of urban low-income women's workload on their family nutrition. This was given impetus by the assumption that as a result of a heavy workload, especially outside the home, most women hardly have time to plan, supervise, and prepare their family meals. This results in most children depending on junk and public food which predisposes them to all kinds of danger including malnutrition and infections, which in turn have an adverse effect on their academic performance. Four research questions were formulated and one hypothesis was tested. The study employed a descriptive survey design. The study was limited to only two local government areas that were randomly selected for the study. Two hundred and forty (240) respondents, consisting of sixty (60) respondents randomly selected from each of the four public primary schools were employed for the study. A structured questionnaire was the main instrument used for data collection. The descriptive statistics of simple percentage were used to analyze the data while the chi-square was used to analyze the hypothesis. The findings revealed that time pressure constraints most mothers from participating in meal preparation and supervision, such that most of them are only able to prepare dinner for their children; women's workload significantly influence the quality of family nutrition and the majority of the households studied are not able to employ the services of house-helps. Majority of the respondents skip breakfast and lunch because mothers were not available to prepare the food. The study further shows that most of the respondents feed on food items which are nutritionally inadequate which may expose them to some serious adverse effect of malnutrition. The study recommended among other things that mothers should be educated on the 97 need. not only to ensure adequate provision of food for the children but also they should create time to plan, supervise and prepare meals for their children and ensure that their children have the right quantity of food with adequate nutritional value.
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Low income women , Workload , Malnutrition , Academic performance , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Supo Jegede & Ememe, P. I. (2013). Influence of urban low income women’s workload on family nutrition. Nigerian Community Development Journal (Special Edition).97-117.