Table 6

Participants response for eating, drinking and smoking habits questionnaire.

Questions Asked

Answer Levels

Total (Percent)


Q1. Do you take your meals regularly?

A.

Always regular

N = 131 (36.7%)

B.

Irregular

N = 226 (63.3%)


Q2. Do you take breakfast?

A.

Daily

N = 178 (49.9%)

B.

Three or four times per week

N = 138 (38.7%)

C.

Once or twice per week

N = 29 (8.1%)

D.

Rarely

N = 12 (3.4%)


Q3. How many times do you eat meals except snacks?

A.

One time

N = 40 (11.2%)

B.

Two times

N = 199 (55.7%)

C.

Three times

N = 112 (31.4%)

D.

Four times

N = 6 (1.7%)


Q4. How often do you take snacks apart from regular meals?

A.

Daily

N = 113 (31.7%)

B.

Three or four times per week

N = 89 (24.9%)

C.

Once or twice per week

N = 85 (23.8%)

D.

Rarely

N = 70 (19.6%)


Q5. How often do you eat green, red or yellow colored vegetables?

A.

Daily

N = 40 (11.2%)

B.

Three or four times per week

N = 87 (24.4%)

C.

Once or twice per week

N = 115 (32.2%)

D.

Rarely

N = 115 (32.2%)


Q6. How often do you eat dates?*

A.

Daily

N = 129 (36.1%)

B.

Three or four times per week

N = 87 (24.4%)

C.

Once or twice per week

N = 68 (19.0%)

D.

Rarely

N = 73 (20.4%)


Q7. How often do you eat fruits except dates?*

A.

Daily

N = 16 (4.5%)

B.

Three or four times per week

N = 68 (19.0%)

C.

Once or twice per week

N = 144 (40.3%)

D.

Rarely

N = 129 (36.1%)


Q8. How often do you eat fried food?

A.

Daily

N = 46 (12.9%)

B.

Three or four times per week

N = 121 (33.9%)

C.

Once or twice per week

N = 123 (34.5%)

D.

Rarely

N = 67 (18.8%)


Q9. How often do you eat with family?

A.

Daily

N = 237 (66.4%)

B.

Three or four times per week

N = 75 (21.0%)

C.

Once or twice per week

N = 36 (10.1%)

D.

Rarely

N = 9 (2.5%)


Q10. What type of food do you think you should eat to have a balanced nutrition?

A.

Mainly meat

N = 55 (15.4%)

B.

Mainly vegetables

N = 66 (18.5%)

C.

Meat, vegetables and other varieties of food

N = 213 (59.7%)

D.

Others

N = 23 (6.4%)


Q11. Please state your smoking history?

A.

Current smoker

N = 32 (9.0%)

B.

Ex-smoker

N = 15 (4.2%)

C.

Never smoke

N = 310 (86.8%)


Q12. Did you ever drink alcohol?

A.

Yes

N = 15 (4.2%)

B.

Never

N = 342 (95.8%)


* Dates were excluded from fruits in a separate question because they are a staple food in KSA.

Al-Rethaiaa et al. Nutrition Journal 2010 9:39   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-9-39

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