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Title: Determining the eating habits of UAPB students

item Taylor, Filesia - University Of Arkansas At Pine Bluff
item Gao-balch, Ying - University Of Arkansas At Pine Bluff
item Sharman, Jyotsna - University Of Arkansas At Pine Bluff

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/24/2012
Publication Date: 2/24/2012
Citation: Taylor, F.D., Gao-Balch, Y.H., Sharman, J. 2012. Determining the eating habits of UAPB students [abstract]. 56th Annual Rural Life Conference: Building Resilience in Agriculture, Rural Communities and Families in a Challenging Economy, February 24, 2012, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. p. 19.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The UAPB Delta Obesity Research Project is focused on nutritional adherence to the dietary guidelines, prevention of excessive weight, promotion of healthy eating, and maintenance of healthy weight during college years. Adjusting to college life can lead to poor eating and no physical activity for college students. Obesity is a disease that contributes to numerous health problems that are prevalent in the Black community. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure are issues of concern. Prevention of weight gain and maintenance of a healthy weight during the college years could result in a reduction in the number of obese individuals as students move toward full maturity. Consuming large amounts of high energy dense foods and physical inactivity have been cited as major contributors to overweight and obesity, and contributing to the development of obesity and chronic conditions, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. Exploration of college students' adherence to and knowledge of the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the foundation of this project targeting African American students, aged 18-24, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.