Does Involvement in Healthy Eating Among University Students Differ Based on Exercise Status and Reasons for Exercise?
AbstractBackground. Unhealthy nutritional habits are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the US. Research indicates that regular physical activity can influence dietary habits of adults. Purpose. The purpose of this study was to examine whether university students’ involvement in healthy eating differed based on current exercise status and reported reasons for exercising. Methods. A sample of 204 university students completed a 22-item survey on healthy eating and physical activity. Results. Less than 10% met all Food Guide recommendations. The leading barriers to healthy eating were time, convenience and healthy food availability. Less than half exercised on four or more days each week. The leading reasons for exercising were to improve appearance, improve health and lose weight. Being physically active did not have a significant effect on healthy eating, nor did specific reason for exercising. Discussion. Most students did not eat healthy and their physical activity levels did not significantly affect their nutritional habits. Increased awareness campaigns are warranted. Conclusions. Strategies other than physical activity promotion are needed to positively impact students’ healthy eating behaviors. Students should continue to be educated about healthy nutrition and ways to reduce perceived barriers to healthy eating.
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King, K. A., Mohl, K., Bernard, A. L., & Vidourek, R. A. (2007). Does Involvement in Healthy Eating Among University Students Differ Based on Exercise Status and Reasons for Exercise?. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 5(3), 106-119. https://doi.org/10.32398/cjhp.v5i3.1257