—Traditional foods serve as representation of
culture and tradition of a country and are passed from one
generation to another. The cuisines are prepared using fresh
ingredients containing beneficial nutrients which protect
human body from food-related diseases. Unfortunately, in this
modern environment, adolescents nowadays seem to consume
less traditional food compared to their ancestors due to various
factors. This study investigates the differences in terms of
intention to eat traditional food between boys and girls in
Malaysia. 655 samples were drawn from Selangor's secondary
school students aged between 15 to 18 years old. Results showed
that girls are more traditionally oriented as they chose
traditional food as their meals compared to boys. Moreover,
urban adolescents appear to have higher intention to eat
traditional food compared to rural adolescents.
—Adolescents, intention to eat, Malaysia
traditional food, urban and rural area.
N. H. Muhammad is with the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, 16100
Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
M. S. Ab Karim and H. Hamzah are with Universiti Putra Malaysia,
43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Nur Hafizah Muhammad, Muhammad Shahrim Ab. Karim, and Humairah Hamzah, " Intention to Eat Traditional Food among Boys and Girls
in Malaysia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 450-453, 2015.