Diet and Academic Performance
Keywords:diet, academic performance, vegetarian, Southeast Asia, survey, descriptive research, food service directors, students, teachers
Healthy eating habits (i.e., consuming appropriate amounts of wholesome foods at the right times) are generally associated with proper body weight, illness prevention, positive emotions, and long life. For many, a wholesome diet is one enriched by animal products; for others, diets that are plant-based. The purpose of this study was to collect quantitative data that would affirm or reject the researcher’s null hypothesis of there being no association between a person’s diet and his or her subsequent academic performance. To accomplish this task, 50 students at a Seventh-day Adventist college in South Asia were randomly selected and surveyed about their diets, health, and academic performance. The original data was tabulated into percentages and interpreted by means of comparative statistical analysis. The data findings support the rejection of the null hypothesis.