Relation between Eating Habits and a High Body Mass Index among Freshman Students: A Cross-Sectional Study

Marmara Universitesi Saglik Bilimleri Fakultesi, Beslenme ve Diyetetik Bolumu, E-5 Uzeri Yanyol, Cevizli Kartal 34000 Istanbul, TURKEY. .
Journal of the American College of Nutrition (Impact Factor: 1.45). 06/2012; 31(3):167-74. DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2012.10720024
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This study aimed to examine the relation between eating habits and a high body mass index (BMI) in first-year freshman university students and included 2525 freshman university students 18 to 22 years old from a Turkish population.
İn this study, 48% of the students were men. They were asked to complete a questionnaire on their dietary habits including the frequency of their consumption of individual food items, demographic data, and smoking habit.
The effects of eating habits on increased BMI (≥25) were analyzed. Of 2259 subjects included in the analyses, 322 were overweight or obese and 1937 had normal and thin BMI (<25). Multivariate analyses identified male gender, recent weight change, and high number of meals as independent predictors of obesity/overweight. Frequent consumptions of beer, alcoholic drinks other than beer and wine (e.g., spirits including whisky, gin, raki, vodka), coffee, tea, coke, red meat, variety meat, and eggs were associated with a significantly higher risk of obesity/overweight, whereas frequent consumption of snacks was associated with a low risk.
Findings of further studies, possibly taking into consideration the absolute quantities of consumption along with cultural and local issues, would guide the adoption of healthier feeding behaviors in this particular age group.

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    • "This period has been called the " freshman 15 " because of the myth that the typical weight gain in the first year of university or college is fifteen pounds. This 15 lbs is a real myth as in most cases it is less but still consistently present (Boujut and Bruchon-Schweitzer, 2009; Crombie et al., 2009; Crombie et al., 2012; Economos et al., 2008; Freedman, 2010; Gropper et al., 2012a, 2012b; Gropper et al., 2009; Gunes et al., 2012; Holm-Denoma et al., 2008; Jung et al., 2008; Lloyd-Richardson et al., 2009; Mihalopoulos et al., 2008; Nies et al., 2012; Pliner and Saunders, 2008; Smith-Jackson and Reel, 2012; Thomas, 2006; Vella-Zarb and Elgar, 2009; Wansink et al., 2012; Yakusheva et al., 2011). During the freshman time period, many social forces act on students to change their feeding, drinking, and sporting behavior (Graham and Jones, 2002; Lowry et al., 2000; Rozin et al., 2003), which can have "
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