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ERIC Number: EJ865575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Irregular Breakfast Eating and Associated Health Behaviors: A Pilot Study among College Students
Thiagarajah, Krisha; Torabi, Mohammad R.
Health Educator, v41 n1 p4-10 Spr 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine prevalence of eating breakfast and associated health compromising behaviors. This study utilized a cross-sectional survey methodology. A purposive cluster sampling technique was utilized to collect data from a representative sample of college students in a Midwestern university in the U.S. A total of 1,257 college students with a response rate of 85% participated in the study. The questionnaire, consisting of 22 closed ended question was adopted from health related literature. These questions measured demographic and health compromising behaviors such as drinking, smoking, eating breakfast. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, chi squared and logistic regression. Place of living significantly influenced the health compromising behaviors such as number of hours sleeping, drinking, and smoking. Over one-fifth of the sample reported never eating breakfast. Logistic regression analysis indicated that sleeping less than 5.5 hours [odds ratio (OR): 2.76; 95% CI: 1.50, 5.09], drinking alcohol once a week [odds ratio (OR): 2.05; 95% CI: 1.43, 2.95], currently smoking [odds ratio (OR): 2.38; 95% CI: 1.59, 3.58], never exercising [odds ratio (OR): 3.99; 95% CI: 2.3, 6.63], and frequency of regular soda consumption [odds ratio (OR): 5.56; 95% CI: 2.91, 10.63] were associated with irregular breakfast eating. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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