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Tuesday, December 6 • 9:40am - 10:00am
Perceived Dietary Choices, Nutritional Knowledge and Food Consumption Patterns among College Students

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Dietary patterns, well-being and nutritional knowledge among university students are of interest as weight gain in college years is common and adult dietary habits are often set during these formative years of early adulthood. Twenty-two students from the University of North Carolina Asheville participated in a two-part study aimed at understanding the relationship between nutritional knowledge and daily food consumption. An online survey was administered to identify dietary patterns, knowledge of nutritional needs, and emotions related to each student’s eating habits. Each student recorded everything they ate over the course of two days and these food logs were compared to survey responses. A disconnect between how students believe they are eating and what they are actually consuming was observed. While over 73 percent of students believed they were meeting daily recommendations, only 23 percent met their daily carbohydrate and fiber needs. Eighty-six percent of students felt they were meeting their energy needs daily, yet only 36 percent came within 90-120 percent of their recommended energy needs.  If a disjunction exists between students’ perceived dietary patterns, perceived nutritional needs, and what they actually eat, these misconceptions result in persistent nutritional inadequacies. These mismatches have the capability of causing long-term health problems in later adulthood.

Tuesday December 6, 2016 9:40am - 10:00am PST
406 Wilma Sherrill Center

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