Award Date

12-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

First Committee Member

John C. Young

Second Committee Member

Laura J. Kruskall

Third Committee Member

Richard Tandy

Fourth Committee Member

Sue Schuerman

Number of Pages

161

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: In general, most college-aged students live highly, and newly, independent lives. Although campuses offer wide varieties of food choices, most choices do not meet the standards set by the RDA or DRIs, per NHANES 1999-2000.

METHODS: In order to document these eating patterns, 1001 male (n=379) and female (n=622) college-aged students quantified dietary intake for three consecutive days using the food log method. Assessment reports were generated and analyzed in order to determine the percentage of the DRI in both males and females, and groups with a BMI of less than 20 and greater than 30. Tests for correlation of micronutrient intake between gender and BMI was performed.

RESULTS: Results show that a majority of this population do not meet the DRI standards in most categories of vitamins and minerals. Results also show that BMI has little to no relationship with optimal micronutrient intake. Food choices negatively impacted micronutrient levels.

Keywords

BMI; Body mass index; College students – Nutrition; College-aged; Deficiency; DRI; Food habits; Minerals in nutrition; Trace elements in nutrition; Vitamins

Disciplines

Human and Clinical Nutrition | Nutrition

Language

English

Comments

Samantha M. Coogan aka Samantha M. Wilkinson


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