Presentation Title

Eating Habits and Academic Success Study

Location

Online - Session 6C

Start Date

4-21-2021 6:00 PM

Major Field of Study

Psychology

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Ian Madfes, PhD

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

It has been shown that there is a direct relationship between college students’ eating habits and their knowledge of nutrition and its benefits (Gutierrez et al, 2013). What is less well studied is whether the achievement-minded college students are aware of the relationships of diet and academics. It is hypothesized that, for the highly motivated collegiate students: 1) better eating habits will be related to a greater awareness of the connection between a healthier diet and academic success; and 2) better eating habits will be related to higher levels of academic performance.

Data will be obtained anonymously at an online survey site from adult participants actively enrolled in an undergraduate program; they will complete questionnaires including general demographics, undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA), the Academic Motivation Scale (AMS) and the Personal Eating Habits Questionnaire (PEHQ). The PEHQ provides scale scores for “knowledge” of healthy eating and “current eating behaviors”. Excluding responses obtained from students with relatively low AMS scores, Hypothesis 1 will be supported if analysis reflects a direct relationship between PEHQ-knowledge and PEHQ-eating behaviors scores. Hypothesis 2 will be demonstrated by a direct relationship between GPA and PEHQ-eating behavior scores.

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Apr 21st, 6:00 PM

Eating Habits and Academic Success Study

Online - Session 6C

It has been shown that there is a direct relationship between college students’ eating habits and their knowledge of nutrition and its benefits (Gutierrez et al, 2013). What is less well studied is whether the achievement-minded college students are aware of the relationships of diet and academics. It is hypothesized that, for the highly motivated collegiate students: 1) better eating habits will be related to a greater awareness of the connection between a healthier diet and academic success; and 2) better eating habits will be related to higher levels of academic performance.

Data will be obtained anonymously at an online survey site from adult participants actively enrolled in an undergraduate program; they will complete questionnaires including general demographics, undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA), the Academic Motivation Scale (AMS) and the Personal Eating Habits Questionnaire (PEHQ). The PEHQ provides scale scores for “knowledge” of healthy eating and “current eating behaviors”. Excluding responses obtained from students with relatively low AMS scores, Hypothesis 1 will be supported if analysis reflects a direct relationship between PEHQ-knowledge and PEHQ-eating behaviors scores. Hypothesis 2 will be demonstrated by a direct relationship between GPA and PEHQ-eating behavior scores.