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Table 1 Snacking behaviour of adolescents in Grade 12 (n = 542)

From: Use of food labels by adolescents to make healthier choices on snacks: a cross-sectional study from Sri Lanka

Snacking behaviour Number Percentage
Frequency of snacking
 More than 5 times a week 70 12.9
 3–5 times a week 197 36.3
 1–2 times a week 275 50.7
Most frequent snacking timea
 During school interval 209 40.9
 During tuition classes outside school 126 24.7
 At home 74 14.5
 During school extra-curricular activities 65 12.7
 During recreational activities outside school 37 7.2
Snacking with peers/siblingsb
 Yes 425 80.0
 No* 106 20.0
Decision made on the snack
 Alone 479 88.4
 Parents 36 6.6
 Peer/siblings 27 5.0
Most commonly consumed packaged foodsnackc
 Biscuits 463 85.4
 Noodles 359 66.2
 Chocolates 332 61.3
Most commonly consumed packaged/bottled drink snackc
 Cola drinks 417 76.9
 Milk 383 70.7
  1. aInformation was not available for 31 students
  2. bInformation was not available for 11 students
  3. cStudents were asked to write three most commonly consumed packaged food and drink items
  4. *With parents/alone