Percepción de dieta y hábitos alimentarios en universitarios del noroeste de México

Translated title of the contribution: Perception of diet and eating habits on university students of northwest Mexico

María de los Ángeles Fuentes-Vega*, Daniel González-Lomelí, Daniela González-Valencia, María Rubi-Vargas, Verónica López-Teros

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Background: Considering the relationship between food and health, the evaluation of nutritional status is essential to detect risks derived from poor nutrition and guide an adequate nutritional intervention. The objective was to predict the perception of diet from dietary factors in a sample of students from northwestern Mexico. Methods: A descriptive survey type study (observational, prospective, cross-sectional and descriptive) was carried out with 119 university students, chosen by non-probabilistic sampling, 85,70% were women. Results: A confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) yielded a model of dietary habits measurement, consisting of the factors Food Type, Food Control, Emotional Situation, and Physical Activity; a second CFA tested a structural model of diet perception and 3 of the dimensions of dietary habits; this multifactorial model of diet perception explains 52.00% of the variability of self-reported diet perception by university students, from the dimensions food type, food control and physical activity. Conclusions: The diet of university students is inadequate and it is recommended to promote learning about nutrition and physical activity to improve their health.

Translated title of the contributionPerception of diet and eating habits on university students of northwest Mexico
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)72-82
Number of pages11
JournalRevista Espanola de Nutricion Comunitaria
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2021

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