Disparities in dietary intake, meal patterning, and home food environments among young adult nonstudents and 2- and 4-year college students.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We examined whether young adult meal patterning, dietary intake, and home food availability differed among nonstudents, 2-year college students, and 4-year college students (N = 1687; mean age = 20.5 years). Unadjusted analyses showed that few young adults consumed optimal diets and, compared with 4-year college students, nonstudents and 2-year students consumed fewer meals and poorer diets. After controlling for sociodemographics and living arrangements, we found that over half of the observed associations remained significant (P < .05). Nutrition interventions are needed for young adults, particularly specific at-risk groups.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nelson, MC; Larson, NI; Barr-Anderson, D; Neumark-Sztainer, D; Story, M

Published Date

  • July 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 99 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1216 - 1219

PubMed ID

  • 19443824

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2696671

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0048

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/AJPH.2008.147454


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States