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Barrett, Sheila

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Health Studies


College students--Nutrition--Illinois--De Kalb; Food habits--Illinois--De Kalb; Nutrition


Data is limited on the associated factors that most influence the ability to engage in Intuitive Eating. Intuitive Eating is an approach that teaches one how to create a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body.The research design is a non-experimental, cross sectional and correlational survey study. College students were recruited from Northern Illinois University to participate in a web-based survey study. Mean age was 24 years old. The mean BMI was 25kg/m(2) +/- 6.135 SD. 75% respondents were females from Northern Illinois University. The average Intuitive Eating score for college students was 77.85 +/- 77.85 SD. In sequential order of hypothesis, results indicated the following: Body Mass Index and Intuitive Eating indicated a weak negative linear association (-0.29, p=0.01). Dietary Intent Scale and Intuitive Eating has a negative linear association (-0.41, p=0.01). Past diagnosis of an eating disorder and Intuitive Eating has no correlation (-0.132, p=0.01). Eating and Appraisals Due to Stress were most associated with Intuitive Eating (0.775, p=0.05) Emotional eating and stress were the factors that most influenced the level of Intuitive Eating. The understanding of the most common risk factor for inhibition of Intuitive Eating in the college population was identified. This valid information can help to lead to the development of interventions that support for the development of healthy lifestyle habit.


Advisors: Sheila Barrett.||Committee members: Amy Ozier; Alan Polansky.||Includes bibliographical references.


iv, 85 pages




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