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Winsor, Helen Bruce

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Human and Family Resources


Teenagers--Illinois--Nutrition; Food habits--Illinois; Eating disorders in children--Illinois


This study investigates the food eating behaviors of adolescents in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades in a junior high school and a high school in northeastern Illinois. A survey was used to record responses related to when, where, and what adolescents were eating on a weekly basis. Data were analyzed using the SPSS package to determine if there were differences between sex, grade level, extra-curricular activity involvement, and body image. Differences did exist for all the groups. Breakfast eating showed the most differences in all groups as being the most frequently skipped meal. Students who considered themselves overweight had poor eating behaviors. They tended to skip more meals and eat less snacks than the other students. Athletes had good eating habits and when compared to students who worked 20 or more hours per week, they ate dinner more frequently. The paper discusses implications for nutrition education and possible ways to change adolescent eating behaviors.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 56-58)


v, 90 pages




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