Title

Promoting healthier food choices in college students using individualized dietary feedback

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Behavioral Interventions

Department

Psychology

ISSN

1072-0847

Volume

25

Issue

3

DOI

10.1002/bin.311

First Page

183

Last Page

190

Publication Date

July 2010

Abstract

A healthy diet is a key ingredient to good health and can help prevent a number of adverse health conditions. Although many people can describe a healthy diet, they often cannot accurately report the nutritional content of their own diets. In this study, daily dietary feedback consisting of recommended daily nutrient values accompanied by estimated calorie and fat data of daily food purchases was provided to four college undergraduates. The estimated calorie and percentage of calories from fat data were based on records of participant purchases at university dining establishments. The introduction of daily dietary feedback resulted in the students purchasing fewer calories and fewer calories from fat per day.