2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Carbohydrate Confusion among College Students
Catherine F. Sherman*, Lauren F. Titterington, Emily A. Denight, and Arianne S. Loste
Dr. Janice Clark Young, Faculty Mentor

With the current overweight/obesity epidemic in the US, proper nutrition frequently makes headlines. A common trend among college students is the inadequate and/or incorrect knowledge regarding carbohydrate nutrition (e.g., carbohydrates are fattening, carbohydrates cause weight gain). The purpose of this study was to investigate whether this trend is also common in students attending Truman State University. A 29-item survey was created to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of students at Truman State University regarding carbohydrate intake. Participants completed an online survey about nutrition, especially carbohydrates (suggested servings, identify carbohydrate sources) and current attitudes and behaviors toward related topics. Data will be analyzed using SPSS, with t-tests, correlations, and averages calculated. It is hypothesized that students who are science-based majors will have higher knowledge, attitude, and behavior scores than students in other majors.

Keywords: carbohydrates, nutrition, college students, health science

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 6-3
Location: VH 1010
Time: 8:30

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