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ERIC Number: EJ872295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Gender Differences in Food Selections of Students at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU)
Mead, Antonia S.
College Student Journal, v43 n3 p800-806 Sep 2009
The lack of proper nutrition and physical activity can lead to increased weight gain and development of chronic diseases. Studies show a nationwide trend in the number of college aged individuals being classified as overweight according to BMI calculations. College is a time of transition from adolescence to adulthood where habits that began in childhood grow or cease to exist and new habits are formed. One habit tied to weight and development of chronic diseases is proper nutrition. The purpose of this research is to explore the eating patterns of college students attending a small, private historically black college and university (HBCU). A non-invasive food selection and preference assessment instrument was administered to 141 students. Chi-square analysis was done to compare the differences between gender on beverage choices, and daily food selection, and meal consumption. Significant differences were found between genders regarding milk consumption, water intake, fried potato consumption, and number of meals per day. Recommendations include targeted health communication to promote healthier food choices on campus. Further research is needed to explore why students select their diet choices. (Contains 6 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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