Research Article - Journal of Nutrition and Human Health (2018) Volume 2, Issue 1
College students eating habits and knowledge of nutritional requirements
Background: Inadequate nutrition affects students’ health and academic success. Students may have proficient knowledge regarding nutritional requirements; however, the transition to college life gives them more freedom to choose the type and the amount of food they eat. Most college campuses have dining facilities that provide a variety of food options, which can lead to establishing either good or bad eating behaviors.
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine college students’ eating habits and knowledge of nutritional requirements for health.
Method: This was a quantitative, cross-sectional study, with a descriptive design.
Results: The students are knowledgeable that consuming fast food, soda, and processed food are unhealthy and they contain additives. They indicated strong agreement to keep themselves hydrated and choosing food because of taste preference. Even though majority admitted eating fresh fruits, a significant number consume processed food such as chips, cookies, and cereal based on convenience. Smartphone resources, vending machine use, and drinking soda were their least frequently used habits.
Conclusion: Students have a fair knowledge of nutritional requirements for health; however, food choices they make are not necessarily healthy. Convenience and taste of food were priority.Author(s): Sam Abraham*, Brooke R. Noriega, Ju Young Shin