The Correlation of Eating Habits and Academic Performance
Of High School Students
Dean Pritz E. Gecangao
John Marlo M. Lucila
Gabriel Luis M. Pedregosa
Rick Angelo C. Sabornido
Roy Jonnel D. Tomas
Malayan Colleges Laguna
The research focuses on eating habits of high school students affects their academic performance. Eating habits affects the learning of high school students in terms of behavior, cognitive performance and school performance. That from a high school students’ point of view, skipping meals can affect their overall performance in academics. Not being able to eat may lead to health problems and can influence students’ motivation and ability to learn. Eating helps increase our body’s nutrient intake and lower body mass index. Data from research focused on obtaining necessary information by searching multiple sources related to the effects of eating habits to the academic status of high school students. In result, eating habits is based on what type of food are eaten, in what quantity and when.
Skipping meals is a known practice among high school students and can affect their academic behaviour. Study shows that no matter how well teachers are prepared to teach, no matter what accountability measures are put in place, no matter what governing structures are established for schools, educational progress will be profoundly limited if students are not motivated and able to learn. Particular health problems play a major role in limiting the motivation and ability to learn of urban minority youth. According to CITATION Bas11 l 1033 (Bosch, 2011) “health problems influence students’ motivation and ability to learn. Disparities among urban minority youth are outlined, along with the causal pathways through which each adversely affects academic achievement, including sensory perceptions, cognition, school connectedness, absenteeism, and dropping out.” Students get their energy in the morning from their breakfast thus lack of energy causes students to lack motivation to learn something new. This research will help future students to know if eating enough meal before going to school is a must. Does it really affect your academic performance? or it depends on how the student will adjust in their own different eating habits
The Correlation between Eating Habits and Academic Performance on High School Students
Breakfast has been labeled as the most important meal of the day. Breakfast affect the learning of children in terms of behavior, cognitive and school performance ( CITATION Ado l 13321 (Adolphus, Clare, ; Dye, 2013). Breakfast also helps increase our body’s nutrient intake and lower body mass index CITATION Fra13 l 13321 (Frantzen, Trevino, Echon, Garcia-Dominic, & Dimarco, 2013). Children who misses breakfast are more likely to have lower energy output which causes for them to be less active CITATION San10 l 13321 (Sandercock, Voss, & Dye, 2010). Behavior of students greatly affects their cognitive performance which helps them process the information they got at school. However, the beneficial effects of breakfast to student’s cognitive performance is only limited in the morning which breakfast is eaten CITATION Ado l 13321 (Adolphus, Clare, ; Dye, 2013).
To obtain the necessary information, the researchers searched for multiple sources related to the effects of eating habits to the academic performance of high school students. After obtaining sufficient information on the topic, the researchers analyzed possible correlations between the two variables and compared the sources against each other to look for consistencies between data.
Academic performance refers to a student’s success in meeting their short-term or long-term goals in education. Eating habits can be seen as the way a person eats, considered in terms of what types of food are eaten, in what quantity and when CITATION Col16 l 1033 (Collins English Book Dictionary, 2016). Eating breakfast gives the student the energy and it makes the student active. Due to this fact, they sometimes see the teacher as boring but unknown to them when they get tired or bored because they lack energy to be productive. This will lead to the change their schedule of eating. Eating when you are about to go to bed will give you difficulty in sleeping because your body is busy digesting the food. This will result to lack of sleep which causes the student to sleep in class instead of participating and listening to the class. Some of the students tend to eat larger meals to ease their hunger but doing this eating habit will disfigured the academic performance of the students. One of the most important things that students tend to forget is drinking enough glasses of water. Water in fact helps the body in so many ways like it boost the brain, it helps overcome fatigue especially in class, it flushes the kidney leading to less stomach ache also, water prevents pains in the muscles and joints CITATION Placeholder1 l 1033 (Schwecherl, 2014) . Most students choose soda as exchange for water for them to be hydrated but sugary drinks makes the body to be fatigue.
According to CITATION Kim16 l 1 (Kim, 2016) eating 3 times per day without skipping meals, especially breakfast, and frequent intakes of fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk were related to good school performance however consuming more than moderate processed food shows correlation with poor academic performance. the evidences indicated that positive effects coming from breakfast was mainly focused on on-task behavior in the classroom. the clearest academic effect of breakfast was seen on mathematics and arithmetic grades. some evidences conclude that the quality of habitual breakfast was determined in terms of providing greater variety of food groups and adequate energyperformance (Adolphus, Clare, & Dye, 2013). A study conducted by Burrows, P. C., et al. states that Chilean students who were engaged in an unhealthy eating manner at 16 years of age, do not achieve well academically and also states that other factors do not seem to affect the significant relationship between diet and academic performance. CITATION Cor16 l 1033 (Correa-Burrows, Burrows, Blanco, Reyes, & Gahagan, 2016)DISCUSSION
The primary purpose of this research was to know the effects of eating habits through academic performance of high school students. Our sources stated that without proper eating nutrition it can affect your behavior, cognitive performance and school performance (Adolphus, Dye and Lawton, 2013). Our results revealed no significant difference from the sources that we gathered. None of our sources contradicted with the results of affecting academic performance of high school students because of their eating habits. Students who misses regular intake of food are more likely to have lower energy output which causes for them to be less active (Dye, Sandercock and Voss, 2010). Not eating properly truly caused a huge difference in a high school students’ academic performance..
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