Young adults 18-25 years of age in the United States are experiencing a new world as they transition to young adulthood in college. The purpose of this investigation is to examine the eating behaviors of the young college population. The present study will examine the kinds of foods college students eat and how they make decisions regarding food consumption. The methodology of the present study consists of a quantitative survey, which includes questions about gender, living arrangements, convenience, and student eating habits. The sample size is comprised of 228 students at the University of Central Florida. A regression model is used to explore the influence of the independent variables, which include gender; living arrangement; convenience; and health have on eating habits. Findings indicated that convenience significantly influence eating habits (p [less than] .001). Gender, living arrangements, and health, however, did not significantly influence the eating habits of the college student respondents. A second regression model examined the potential effects of gender, living arrangements, convenience, and health- weight gain on eating habits. Again, convenience was the only significant independent variable that has an influence on eating habits (p[less than].001) while gender, living arrangements, and healthweight gain were not significant predictors.
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College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
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Minnick, Alexandra, "Just Eat it: An Examination of the Sociological Factors that Influence the Eating Habits of College Students" (2014). HIM 1990-2015. 1600.