The Relationship Between Lifestyle and Eating Behaviors in College Students Caitlin O’Leary, Ariana Dodge, Helena Nichols, & Melanie Barron a Research Methods Project supervised by Dr. Laura Wilson (Fall 2021) Nichols-poster check out these “elevator” talks from each group member
Your research was very interesting. The research was very organized. It is interesting that those who live on campus obtained significantly more meals than people who live off campus. It makes sense, there are so many meal options offered on campus. I like how you included lifestyle questions. I would have never thought that living with roommates could affect diet.
I enjoyed reading your research. Great job!
Great job on your Poster! I thought your topic was really interesting. I was surprised there was such a big difference in eating habits based on whether an individual was a commuter or not. I think your results are very applicable to students beginning college. Great job on your study!
I really liked your topic and found your hypotheses to be interesting. There does seem to be a relationship between unhealthy eating habits and living on campus. You mentioned the “freshman 15” which most college students are aware of but often fall victim to because of the lifestyle change and limited availability of healthy food options. I agree that the sample pool for this study was limited and should have possibly been both larger and encompassed multiple schools.
I found this research to be very interesting and important! I liked that you guys went a little about into the concept of “Freshman 15” as most of us tend to worry about. I really enjoyed that you guys highlighted the topic of eating behaviors as many people can suffer from eating disorders and living on campus for example could very much so be a contributing factor. Great Job!
Hi all, I found your research to be very interesting! I think it’s an important question to ask because in, in general, the transition from living at home to college is such a large one. The research you conducted had very interesting hypotheses, and I think you presented your categories for study in a very organized way that helped to emphasize the questions being asked.
Interesting project! This is definitely something that could stand to be better studied. We see a lot about meals and school-aged children, but less about how eating may impact college students. Do you think universities could help students more by providing healthier snack options on campus? If we know students who live on campus are consuming more snacks, why not find a way to provide better options?
Dr. Leppanen, Yes, I definitely believe that healthier snack options could increase healthier decision making in students. Here at UMW, areas like the Nest have quick, grab-and-go snack options and lots of which are healthy, but it would definitely be helpful if there was maybe another place like this in the UC/elsewhere on campus or if it was open more often/later at night.
Great job on your poster! Your topic was very interesting and relevant. There does seem to be a significant relationship between lifestyle and eating behaviors and there are so many factors that contribute to it. The Freshman 15 is a perfect example. Thanks for sharing!
This was a really interesting topic–when I was a freshman, almost everyone (including me) had heard about and was actively afraid of the “freshman 15.” I was glad you guys mentioned this, since it is such a widespread thing. It makes sense to me that living on campus could lead to poorer eating habits, as there are so many options for food (most of which isn’t the healthiest). Overall, I found your research really interesting. You guys did a great job!
Your research was very thorough and interesting. I really enjoyed it because I can relate to the freshman 15 and I have seen so many of my friends and family members go through the same thing their freshman year of college. I believe it is this way because of the variety of meal options and on top of that it is more likely they will eat out because of the freedom you have along with most college students don’t know how to cook therefore end up eating whatever is available.
Great research!! Good Job!
I loved the topic!! I think a lot of college students don’t really talk about their eating habits and our lifestyle in general. It was very interesting to get to know a little bit more about off-campus students and how their lifestyle is different from that of an on-campus college student.
Awesome job everyone! This was such an interesting topic. It is something that effects all college students, yet I hadn’t thought about it much. I was so surprised and interested to see that studying and stress levels didn’t have much of an impact on eating behaviors! Getting data from on-campus and off-campus students was very eye-opening! Great job.
What an important topic of discussion! I found that you added the “Freshman 15” fascinating. I am interested in the fact that you added stress as a means in your study. I found it interesting that there was no significance between stress and time studying on eating. I thought it was cool to compare commuter students and on campus. I think this topic could be interesting studying differences of the grade levels as well as studying exercise habits with this as well. Overall, great job!
Interesting study. As someone who studies eating and read the comments before me, I do feel the need to point out that the “freshmen 15” is more like the “Freshmen 5-7” (Still important to study because college first years are definitely gaining weight!) I’m interested in hearing a bit more about why you found that students who walked or biked to campus do not have better diets. Could it be that they reward themselves for walking to campus (e.g. I just walked a mile, I deserve a donut!) and that evens things out?
Your finding about snacking more if you spend more time on campus is interesting and certainly makes me think we need to have better snacks in our Mercer vending machine!
Hi Dr. McBride, Yes, I believe this is probably the likely reason for why those who walked to campus did not have healthier eating habits. Additionally, the reason there was no significant healthier eating habits for those who walked or biked could have been due to the nature of the survey. We asked those who lived off-campus how they got to campus, but I think people who lived on-campus likely also put that they walked, and therefore those living on campus had unhealthy eating habits and this could have skewed the results for commute type to campus.
Wonderful poster! I remember when I first heard about the freshman 15. This was an interesting topic. I was surprised how the different stress levels did not influence eating disorders. I liked how you guys talked about and included commuters and on-campus students.
This was an interesting topic! It also made me wonder how the different meal plans people have on campus might impact their eating habits. I was surprised that stress levels and time spend studying did not influence eating behaviors. This would definitely be a good study to replicate on a larger college campus with more dining options. Good job!
I really enjoyed the idea of the presentation and how you went about studying these variables. I was a bit confused with one of the hypotheses. In the discussion section, you had mentioned that the hypothesis regarding spending more time on campus per day was supported (hypothesis 1), but in the results you stated that stress levels and studying had no impact on eating behavior (hypothesis 1). Could you possibly clarify this? Was the hypothesis partially supported since only spending more time on campus impacted eating behaviors?
Hi Victoria, the hypothesis had several lifestyle factors included in it, and time spent on campus per day and time spent studying per day were two different variables. Time spent studying per day had no effect on eating behaviors, but time spent on campus per day did. Those who spent more time on campus per day had poorer eating habits.
I really enjoyed your study and thought you all did a great job organizing your poster and presenting your results. Your topic was one that I had not thought about since being in college, but believe that I will be more observant of the eating behaviors I practice both on and off campus. I also really liked the fact that you all added some of your own open ended questions to your survey. Great job!
I really liked your project and research topic! I thought it was very well-thought-out and it provided some good ideas and data. I think this data has the potential to be very influential to students and even colleges when considering to live on campus or off and how they get to campus. I am very curious to know how you guys came up with these variables to compare and how you decided what questions to put on your surveys? Overall, great job!
We modeled them off of another study, and then also included additional variables that we felt as a group could be relevant to eating behaviors based on prior research!
I really enjoyed this project and how it was presented. I liked being able to see all of your information at once, along with the videos to reinforce and help understand the information. With now knowing the information from your presentation, I wonder how it will affect my healthy eating choices over my next few years at the school. Great presentation!
I really enjoyed your topic because you guys did a great job on your poster. It was interesting to see the difference between the eating habits of commuters and people who live on campus. A lot of people who live on campus eat mostly on campus because they usually have a meal plan and most commuters don’t have meal plans so they tend to eat at home. It was also interesting to see the difference in the stress levels of non-commuters.
This was such an interesting research project, and I can tell a lot of time and effort was put into all of it. I was actually super surprised to see there wasn’t much of an effect on eating habits or healthy eating decisions, as I would have hypothesized the same concepts as you guys did in the beginning. Either way, it was very interesting to analyze your findings and learn about this concept through your data. I wonder with a bigger participant pool and/or other Universities if the results would be similar? Good job!
I loved this study! I was surprised that there was not a significant result between physical activity and eating habits. I think that this topic is very hard to decipher with a small sample size. I think that if this was taken on a much larger scale, like across different colleges then the results would be very different.
This was a great study! Your variables were really interesting and all seem like they would play a role in eating behaviors, so I was surprised that not all of your hypotheses were supported. I think it’s very important to consider the effects of living situation on eating habits, so your study is very relevant!
I found your study to be very interesting. I live at home and commute to campus, and I’ve never thought about how that may influence my eating habits. I am surprised that stress levels and tine spent studying didn’t have a significant impact on eating behaviors. I’d love to learn more about this!