Disparities in dietary intake, meal patterning, and home food environments among young adult nonstudents and 2- and 4-year college students

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We examined whether young adult meal patterning, dietary intake, and home food availability differed among nonstudents, 2-year college students, and 4-year college students (N=1687; mean age=20.5 years).Unadjustedanalyses showed that few young adults consumed optimal diets and, compared with 4-year college students, nonstudents and 2-year students consumed fewer meals and poorer diets. After controlling for sociodemographics and living arrangements, we found that over half of the observed associations remained significant (P<.05). Nutrition interventions are needed for young adults, particularly specific at-risk groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1216-1219
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume99
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

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