Meal frequency and nutritional intake during Ramadan: a pilot study

Hum Nutr Appl Nutr. 1987 Feb;41(1):47-50.


A study was carried out to compare the nutritional intake and meal pattern during and after Ramadan. It was found that in a sample group of 15 young Saudis there was a significant increase in caloric, fat, carbohydrate and protein intake. Although there was a significant reduction in meal frequency and the number of meals taken outside the family, a significant increase in body weight was noted during Ramadan.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Weight
  • Dietary Carbohydrates / administration & dosage
  • Dietary Fats / administration & dosage
  • Dietary Proteins / administration & dosage
  • Energy Intake*
  • Fasting*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Islam*
  • Male


  • Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Dietary Fats
  • Dietary Proteins