Energy and nutrient intakes among Sri Lankan adults

Jayawardena, Ranil, Thennakoon, Shalika, Byrne, Nuala, Soares, Mario, Katulanda, Prasad, & Hills, Andrew (2014) Energy and nutrient intakes among Sri Lankan adults. International Archives of Medicine, 7(34).

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The epidemic of nutrition related non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity has reached to epidemic portion in the Sri Lanka. However, to date, detailed data on food consumption in the Sri Lankan population is limited. The aim of this study is to identify energy and major nutrient intake among Sri Lankan adults.


A nationally-representative sample of adults was selected using a multi-stage random cluster sampling technique.


Data from 463 participants (166 Males, 297 Females) were analyzed. Total energy intake was significantly higher in males (1913 ± 567 kcal/d) than females (1514 ± 458 kcal/d). However, there was no significant gender differences in the percentage of energy from carbohydrate (Male: 72.8 ± 6.4%, Female: 73.9 ± 6.7%), fat (Male: 19.9 ± 6.1%, Female: 18.5 ± 5.7%) and proteins (Male: 10.6 ± 2.1%, Female: 10.9 ± 5.6%).


The present study provides the first national estimates of energy and nutrient intake of the Sri Lankan adult population.

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ID Code: 88799
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Dietary survey, Nutrition survey, Energy intake, Sri Lanka, Adults
ISSN: 1755-7682
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: 2014 Jayawardena et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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