Association between eating habits and quality of life among Chilean university students

Lanuza, Fabian; Morales, Gladys; Hidalgo-Rasmussen, Carlos; Balboa-Castillo, Teresa; Ortiz, Manuel S.; Belmar, Carlos; Munoz, Sergio

Abstract

Objective: To estimate the association between eating habits and quality of life (QOL) in Chilean university students. Participants: 1,212 students from the Universidad de La Frontera, Chile (mean age 18.7 +/- 2.15) were surveyed in January-March 2018. Methods: Participants completed a cross-sectional self-report survey to evaluate QOL using the WHOQOL-BREF scale and eating habits with a food habits survey. Results: Students reporting a better healthy eating habits score also presented a higher QOL. Eating breakfast and eating home-cooked meals is a protective factor for QOL in each domain. The consumption of sweet snacks was shown to be a risk factor for the physical health and environment domains. The consumption of fast food is shown as the greatest risk factor in the physical domain. Conclusion: Healthy and unhealthy eating habits are associated with different dimensions of QOL. University authorities should develop new policies to improve the QOL of the entire university community.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000532016400001 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: JOURNAL OF AMERICAN COLLEGE HEALTH
Editorial: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Fecha de publicación: 2020
DOI:

10.1080/07448481.2020.1741593

Notas: ISI