Title

Dietary Habits of Female and Male College Students

Lead Author Major

Sports Medicine

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Linda Koehler

Faculty Mentor Department

Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences

Abstract/Artist Statement

Due to limited time, cooking skills, and money, college students will tend to eat what is cheap and convenient. But among college students, do females or males care more about their diet? The purpose of this study was to determine who had a healthier diet: female college students or male college students. 20 students were chosen through convenience sampling and were asked to take a 5-10 minutes survey. Subjects had to be students, 17~23 years old, and from a mediumsized private university. The survey contained 22 questions which were answered on a 7-point scale. Generally, mean scores indicated that female students had healthier dietary habits than did male students. 3 out of 22 variables, however, reflected a significant difference between females and males at the P < .05 level relative to the consumption of fast foods, sport drinks, and grains. Female students ate more often at fast food restaurants. Male students drank more sport drinks than did female students. Female students consumed more servings of grains per day than did male students. The null hypothesis was supported for all variables with the exception of fast foods, sport drinks, and daily grain consumption. Results can be used to address health/diet interventions for college students. Data can also be beneficial when attempting to educate both female and male students as to their dietary habits.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Start Date

20-4-2013 8:50 AM

End Date

20-4-2013 9:05 AM

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Dietary Habits of Female and Male College Students

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Due to limited time, cooking skills, and money, college students will tend to eat what is cheap and convenient. But among college students, do females or males care more about their diet? The purpose of this study was to determine who had a healthier diet: female college students or male college students. 20 students were chosen through convenience sampling and were asked to take a 5-10 minutes survey. Subjects had to be students, 17~23 years old, and from a mediumsized private university. The survey contained 22 questions which were answered on a 7-point scale. Generally, mean scores indicated that female students had healthier dietary habits than did male students. 3 out of 22 variables, however, reflected a significant difference between females and males at the P < .05 level relative to the consumption of fast foods, sport drinks, and grains. Female students ate more often at fast food restaurants. Male students drank more sport drinks than did female students. Female students consumed more servings of grains per day than did male students. The null hypothesis was supported for all variables with the exception of fast foods, sport drinks, and daily grain consumption. Results can be used to address health/diet interventions for college students. Data can also be beneficial when attempting to educate both female and male students as to their dietary habits.