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ABNORMAL EATING ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS AMONG UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE STUDENTS: THE INFLUENCE OF LOW CARBOHYDRATE DIETING TRENDS

by Smith, Amy Lynn

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The purpose of this study was to identify the prevalence of abnormal eating attitudes and behaviors among college students and to examine attitudes and behaviors regarding carbohydrates. A convenience sample of students was taken from a nutrition course at Bowling Green State University. EAT-26 questionnaires and 5-day dietary records were used to determine eating attitudes and behaviors. Results showed that 16% of participants had EAT scores indicative of abnormal eating attitudes and behaviors, and that 12% of students reported avoiding carbohydrate foods at least often. Females scored higher on the EAT-26 and reported more avoidance of carbohydrates than males. Freshman and underclassmen reported higher EAT-26 scores than upperclassmen. Total EAT-26 scores were inversely related to consumption of total calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrate, and carbohydrate avoidance was related to lower carbohydrate and riboflavin intakes. Future research is needed to investigate the extent of negative attitudes towards carbohydrates.
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School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:low carbohydrate dieting abnormal eating attitudes

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Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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