In order to prevent the onset of several chronic diseases, populations that exhibit poor dietary practices must be identified and educated on proper nutritional habits. This study used the pre-validated Rapid Eating Assessment for Participants – Shortened version (REAP-S) survey and a four-question demographic questionnaire to identify these populations among undergraduate students at the University of Central Florida. The participants were 171 students of at least 18 years of age who completed the 17-question online survey. The data collected indicated that significant differences in diet quality regarding consumption of fats and saturated fats exist between ages, class standings, and sexes within an undergraduate population. Additionally, significant differences in diet quality regarding whole grain consumption were observed between sexes within an undergraduate population. More extensive dietary surveys and thorough demographic questionnaires should be utilized in future research to verify the existence and extent of these variations in diet quality to determine the groups of undergraduate students most at risk for chronic diseases.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Medicine
Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
Johnson, William, "Variations in Diet Quality Among Undergraduate Students" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 720.