University student practices and perceptions on eating behaviours whilst living away from home

Amin Hafiz, Alison M Gallagher, Lauren Devine, Alyson J Hill

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Transition to university is a vulnerable time and associated with adverse health behaviors. Purchasing and consuming healthy food is generally not a high priority due to other challenges they face. This study explored the dietary practices and perceptions which influenced eating behaviors of university students when living away from home. Forty-two university students (n 27 male) participated in 8 focus groups which identified four themes as being barriers to eating a healthier
diet, namely Physical Environment, University lifestyle, self-confidence, and personal factors. Food choice is a complex behavior and these findings when applied to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs suggests that basic physiological needs for food is prioritized and only when this is satisfied is making healthier food choices considered.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102133
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Early online date28 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished online - 28 Dec 2022

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  • university students
  • eating habits
  • qualitative data
  • Maslows hierarchy
  • University
  • Weight gain
  • Qualitative study
  • Behavior change
  • Nutritional knowledge
  • Eating habits


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