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King, Sondra L.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences


Men--Nutrition--Psychological aspects; Men--Nutrition--Social aspects; Food habits; Food preferences


Current research reveals that more people are moving away from eating the conventional three meals a day and choosing to eat more snacks and meals away from home. This potentially could have a profound effect on the nutritional intake of fixture generations and their health. This study sought to determine if there was a significant relationship between eating patterns and food choice among the working male population aged 25 to 35 years. Confounding factors that included age, marital status, family health history and self-perception of health were measured to evaluate their relationship to the eating pattem-food choice association. Food frequency form was completed to measure food choice. A convenience sample population was selected through the DePaul University, O? Hare, executive MBA program. Completion of the survey by participants was considered their voluntary consent to participate in the research. The number of surveys returned was 162 out of 215 distributed, resulting in a 75.3% response rate. Inclusion in the study required the participant to be male, between 25 to 35 years and employed fulltime. Linear regression was computed to determine the relationships between eating patterns and food choices. This study revealed a significant relationship between eating patterns and food choice (total food frequency score)(P<0.001). Significant relationships were demonstrated with age (P<0.002), family health history attitude (P<0.025) and the eating pattems-food choice association. No statistically significant relationships were found to exist between marital status, self-perception of health, family history of disease and the eating pattems-food choice association.


Includes bibliographical references.


viii, 75 pages




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