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The present study is a cross-sectional study which was conducted in Ahfad University for Women to assess the dieting practices among the students of the School of Pharmacy.
The main objectives of the study to find out the prevalence of dieting and to identify methods of dieting among the students .The study revealed that the majority of the students in the school of pharmacy practiced dieting to reduce their weight while the rest targeted weight gain.
Those seeking weight losses were found to use either low fat diet, or low carbohydrate diet.
Few of the students used readymade manufactured food for losing weight such as green tea, vet rack jam and bread and biscuit .Some of the participants were found to use unhealthy means to achieve their desired body weight like using laxatives and being vomiting after eating.
The study recommended the need for strengthening the nutrition courses of curriculum of the School of Pharmacy and more attention should be given to health programs of dieting.
Somiya Gutbi Salim is an assistant professor in the school of health sciences, department of nutrition and dietetics at Ahfad University of women in Sudan.
Somiya currently working as nutrition consultant in Unicef Yemen participating in formulating of human nutrition programs in Yemen academic institutes.
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