With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing college campuses, restaurants, and businesses to shut down, many college students found themselves having to return home or find alternative food resources. Due to these factors, it was imperative to examine how college student’s eating habits have changed throughout the pandemic, dealing with lots of stressors, and whether having prior education on nutrition influenced those eating habits. To examine those effects, 17 nutrition minors and 126 non-nutrition minors participated in the current study in which they took the College Students Eating Habit survey and the Perception of Peer Pressure Scale. The outcome of the current study determined there was no significance between student housing (at home or not) and health-conscious decisions. Results also indicated that there was no significant relationship between peer pressure students experience and health-conscious decisions. However, it was found that nutrition minors made better/ more positive health-conscious decisions than non-nutrition minors. Furthermore, participants reported making better/more positive health-conscious decisions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Being aware that educating students on nutrition may further help college students to establish better eating habits.
Sermet, Chloe, "How COVID19 has Impacted Students Nutrition and Eating Habits with the Abrupt Closure of Restaurants and Campuses" (2021). Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters. 454.
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