The main purpose of this study was to determine the dietary pattern of Manipuri runners from India.
Method: Interview cum 24 hour food recall method filled by the 67 male athletes themselves was used for collection of dietary habit of the runners. The nutritive value was calculated by using Microsoft Excel Sheet tool developed based on the table given by National Institute of Nutrition, India for Indian food Ingredients. Descriptive analysis was used for analysis of data.
Result: The food pattern was found to be less than the recommended allowances for athletes. They consumed a mean energy of 1587±74. 7 kcal. Carbohydrate, fat and protein contributed to 56.6, 11.6 and 6.8 (%) of the total pattern of energy.
Conclusion: Manipuri runners` consume imbalance dietary pattern and is less compared to recommended level. Nutrition knowledge programme regarding recommended dietary pattern role of various macro and micro nutrients is necessary. Nutritional education should focus on promoting a balanced diet, providing all energy and nutrients in adequate amounts.