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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Committee Member

Richard Tandy

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This study explored whether university students enrolled in health science classes were able to estimate their energy requirements within a range of calories equal to predicted Estimated Energy Requirements (EER) +/- two standard deviations. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and a participant survey were given to a convenience sample of 63 male and 92 female undergraduate students (19-23 years) with subsequent measurements of height, weight and body fat percentage. Results from the IPAQ yielded metabolic equivalents which were converted to physical activity coefficients for use in the EER equation. Students significantly underestimated their EER by an average of 700 calories (p<.001), and they underestimated their basal energy expenditures (BEE) by an average of 644 calories ( p<.001). Female students were better able to estimate energy requirements as compared to their male counterparts, 41.3% vs. 20.6%, X 2 (1) = 7.236, p=.007.


College; Energy; Knowledge; Personal; Requirements; Students

Controlled Subject

Medical sciences; Nutrition; Kinesiology

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2.15 MB

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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