Eating Behaviors of First Year Students: Transitioning from High School to College
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Social Work Honors Theses; 2017
First year students attending university typically experience several lifestyle changes during their first semester of college. These changes often impact the eating behaviors and autonomy of students. Specifically, as new dining facilities and meal plans were added for Ohio State students, it is important to look at how these changes are impacting the well-being and health of first year students during their transition period. In order to better understand the eating behaviors and patterns of first year students living on campus, two anonymous online surveys were administered. One survey was administered the first four weeks of fall semester 2016 and one was administered in the last two weeks of fall semester 2016. Students were asked to respond to a variety of questions to give insight into their daily eating habits and factors that influence their eating behaviors. Of those participants who completed both surveys, 30% reported that, in high school, they never ate breakfast with the intention of eating with another individual. The same question yielded 42% of respondents at the beginning of the semester and 52% of respondents at the end of fall semester 2016.There is an abundance of information on the transition between high school and college and on the considerable weight gain that many first- year students experience, (“freshman fifteen”). However, there is a lack of information on how this transition is related to the first-year student experience and how autonomy plays a role in this relationship. Information collected from these surveys can be used to inform research and departments in the university to ensure that Ohio State procedures match with the needs of the students.
Academic Major: Social Work
The Ohio State University College of Social Work
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