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Title: Exploration of Nursing students' dietary habits
Authors: Ευαγγέλου, Ελένη
Βλάχου, Ευγενία Δ.
Πολυκανδριώτη, Μαρία
Κουτελέκος, Ιωάννης
Δούσης, Ευάγγελος
Contributors: Κυρίτση, Ελένη
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: smoking (habit);διατροφικές συνήθειες;κάπνισμα;πανεπιστημιακοί φοιτητές;dietary habits;university students
Subjects: Medicine
Issue Date: 26-Jan-2015
Date of availability: 26-Jan-2015
Publisher: Insight Medical Publishing
Abstract: Background : During recent years, nutritional knowledge and eating habits of university students have received a great deal of attention, globally. University students especially those living away from home may experience significant environmental changes that exert a negative influence on the quality of their diet. The aim of this study was to explore dietary habits of nursing students in the area of Athens. Method and material : The sample of the study consisted of 435 Nursing students in Technological Educational Institution of Athens. Data were collected by the completion of a self report and anonymous questionnaire designed after elaborate literature review on dietary habits of university students. All statistical tests (x2 and Fischer exact test) were considered to be significant at an alpha level of 0.05 and were performed with the Statistical Package for Social Sciences software version 19.0. Results: The study results showed that 88.7% of students preferred home-cooked meals and 11.3% preferred ready meals. In regard to the frequency of consumption of ready meals (souvlaki, pizzas and fast food) 58.6% reported 'rare' consumption while 41.4% 'moderate' consumption. Female students had family made food, 'often' p=0,013 while males ate 'often' ready meals outside home, p=0,030. Female eating habits differed significantly in consumption and frequency of green vegetables compared to male, p=<0,001 and p=0,015, respectively. It was also found that males consumed meat 'very often' with a statistically significant difference than females, p=0,004 while no difference was found between the two groups in terms of fish, p=0,179 and legumes, p=0,308. Results also showed that 33.1% of students used tobacco, of whom 59% started before the age of 17. Conclusions: According to the findings of the study, nursing students move away from a traditional Mediterranean diet. Despite there are some gender differences in their dietary and health habits, nutrition and health promotion programs should be ή encouraged in the nursing curriculum in order to establish a healthier life style.
Language: English
Citation: Evagelou, E., Vlachou, E., Polikandrioti, M., Koutelekos, I., Dousis, E. et all.(2014). Exploration of Nursing students' dietary habits. “Health Science Journal”. 8(4): 452 - 468. Available at:
Journal: Health Science Journal
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 8, τεύχος 4 (Οκτ. - Δεκ. 2014)

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