Food Consumption Behaviors and Nutritional Status among Adults and Older Persons in Nakhon Si Thammarat

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Kannika Srisomthrong
Rewwadee Petsirasan
Naiyana Noonil


The objective of this descriptive study was to compare food consumption behaviors and nutritional status between adults and older persons in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province. The sample group consisted of 537 participants recruited by the purposive sampling method using inclusion criteria. Data were collected using a questionnaire,which consists of personal information and a food consumption behavior questionnaire.
Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the Chi-square test. Results indicated that the food consumption behaviors between adults and older persons were significantly different. The older persons presented a good level of food consumption behaviors,which was higher than the adult counterparts. However, the BMI between the two groups was not significantly different. This study result suggests that healthcare workers design screening guidelines and assess nutritional status to develop plans for promotion of healthy food consumption behaviors, nutritional status, and restoration among adults and older persons to achieve good health.
Keywords: Food consumption behavior, Nutritional status, Adult, Older persons


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Srisomthrong K, Petsirasan R, Noonil N. Food Consumption Behaviors and Nutritional Status among Adults and Older Persons in Nakhon Si Thammarat. Rama Nurs J [Internet]. 2021 Aug. 29 [cited 2022 May 21];27(2):232-46. Available from:


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