Food Habits and their Relationship with Obesity among Children in Bahrain (you should finish in 5-10 minutes)

  • 2,000 children, 1,000 males and 1,000 females

  • Age: 7-12 years

  • in public schools

  • Two groups: Group 1: normal weight, Group 2: overweight or obese

  • Observe eating habits at school and home

  • 9 months (from September 2014 to end of May 2015)

  • provided mothers with software on mobile, children with a small booklet with charts to check

  • Collect records every weekend

  • Compare the results of the two groups

  • Identify differences in food quality and quantity

  • make recommendations to improve children's eating habits. 

Possible Answer

A total of 2,000 children 1,000 males and 1,000 females, participated in the survey. They were between seven and twelve, and they were all in public schools. The participants were divided into two groups. Group 1 consisted of participants of normal weight and Group 2 of participants who were overweight. Their eating habits were observed at school and home for nine months, from September 2014 to the end of May 2015. Mothers were provided with software on their mobile phones, while the children were provided with a small booklet with charts to check. Records were collected every weekend. Then the results of the two groups were compared. The differences in food quality and quantity were also identified. Finally, recommendations to improve children's eating habits were made.

 What to pay attention to the following?

1. One paragraph. No numbers, no bullet points.

2. Sentences start with a capital letter and end with a full stop

3. Each sentence contains a verb

  • All verbs are in the past tense

  • Passive voice (was +V3 or were + V3) is used if the agent is the researcher/writer;

  • active voice is used elsewhere (one word, -ed or irregular)

4. Numbers: in letters if 10 or less or if followed by a measuring unit; figures if more than 10.

5. Dates: do you need in, on, from ... to?

6. Proper names of people, names of places, companies or departments: capital initial

7. When writing the steps, use 'then' or 'Next' or 'After that' one or two times where suitable.

8. Check that you did not forget -s of plural words!

Useful verbs 
collect
participate
conduct (research/ an interview)
analyse
respond
interview
categorise

compare

identify - identified

write - wrote - written

find - found 
ask
divide
use
repeat
send- sent -sent
obtain  (details, responses, information)
run- ran - run (an experiment /a programme)
take - took - taken (samples)
gather (data/ feedback/ information)
begin-began - begun
consist (of...)
carry out- carried out (a test/ research/ an experiment)
record (the responses / data / information / the results)
include
exclude
measure
determine
 

Useful Nouns
data (plural)
information  (always singular)
average 
method
approach
questionnaire 
survey
interview
analysis
response
process
attitude 
purpose of
participants
sample
sources
experience
test

Useful Sequence Signals
First,
First of all,
To begin the process,

Then

Also

After that,

Finally,

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