American Journal of Food Science and Health
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American Journal of Food Science and Health, Vol.7, No.1, Mar. 2021, Pub. Date: Mar. 29, 2021
Dietary Diversity of Fathers and their Families in Ghana: A Case in Mankessim in the Mfantseman Municipality
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Authors
[01] Patricia Glago, Department of Catering Hotel and Institutional Management, Dr. Hilla Limann Technical University, Wa, Ghana.
[02] Augusta Adjei-Frimpong, Department Vocational and Technical Education, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.
[03] Augustina Araba Amissah, Department Vocational and Technical Education, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.
Abstract
The purpose of this study lends itself to the exploratory and descriptive survey design. A population of two hundred and seventy-eight (278) fathers were selected for the study. Multi-stage purposive and Convenience sampling techniques were used to select the respondents for the study. The Multi-stage cluster sampling was employed to arrive at the sample for the study. In the first stage, one cluster / suburb in Mankessim was selected by simple random, to form part of this study. The next stage was a purposive sampling of households that had fathers between the ages of 25 to 45 in the suburb. All fathers in the suburb within the age range were contacted for the study. Fathers who were at home with their wives or homemakers at the time the researcher made contact were those who were selected. This process continued until the required number of fathers was selected for each suburb of Mankessim. Selected fathers were consulted on the purpose of the study and their consent sought before proceeding with the study. The main instruments used in collecting data for the study were questionnaires and interviews. The study reveals that fathers equally have dietary issues that need to be addressed. It makes clearer the inability of homes to provide diverse diets for its members, contributing to the low dietary diversity of fathers. The study also concluded that, the money available, the food prepared by wives or homemakers, appetite for food, available food at home, nutritional information in the media and fathers understanding of healthy diet, influence the dietary diversity of fathers to a large extent. It is recommended that, mothers should plan family meals such that each day’s meals provide variety. They should incorporate variety of food commodities found in the Ghanaian market in feeding their families.
Keywords
Dietary, Diversity, Fathers, Families, Mankessim Ghana
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