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ERIC Number: EJ1008134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Eating Competence of College Students in an Introductory Nutrition Course
Brown, Lora Beth; Larsen, Katrina J.; Nyland, Nora K.; Eggett, Dennis L.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v45 n3 p269-273 May-Jun 2013
Objective: Describe eating competence, a positive and flexible way of conceptualizing eating attitudes and behaviors, in students enrolled in an introductory nutrition course. Methods: Online completion of the Satter Eating Competence Inventory (ecSI) and self-assessment of eating disorder status by 557 students (343 ages 18-20 years and 180 ages 21-26 years; 377 females) at the beginning of 1 semester. Analysis of variance and post hoc Tukey adjusted tests were used. Results: The mean ecSI score was 30.7 plus or minus 0.29; 47.4% were classified as eating competent, or ecSI greater than or equal to 32. Mean ecSI was higher for males than females (29.4 plus or minus 0.95 vs 27.4 plus or minus 0.77; P less than 0.001). Mean ecSI was higher for students who never had an eating disorder, compared with those reporting current (32.0 plus or minus 0.43 vs 22.9 plus or minus 1.91; P less than 0.001) or past (28.8 plus or minus 0.93; P less than 0.01) eating disorders. Conclusions and Implications: Students had limited eating competence, but a majority of males were eating competent. Students who had never had an eating disorder had higher eating competence than students with current or past disorders. Examining nutrition courses as currently taught may reveal ways courses could contribute to eating competence. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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