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Who is eating the Fruits and Vegetables: Couch Potato or Internet Junkie?

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  • Schroeter, Christiane
  • Wolf, Marianne McGarry
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    About 21% of U.S. college students are overweight. However, aside from the 1995 National College Health Risk Behavior Survey (NCHRBS), the prevalence of health-risk behavior among college students has not been well characterized. The objective of this study is to investigate how college student’s body fruit and vegetable intake is affected by (1) demographics, (2) dietary habits, and (3) lifestyle. We collected data of college students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University. Sedentary habits such as watching TV, playing computer games, and surfing the web negatively impact both fruit and vegetable intake, which emphasizes the need to improve on-campus health education.

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    Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington with number 125742.

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    Date of creation: 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea12:125742

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    Keywords: Obesity; Health-risk behavior; Lifestyle; Sedentary activity; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; I1; D12; I19; I23;

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    1. Cawley, John & Ruhm, Christopher J., 2011. "The Economics of Risky Health Behaviors," IZA Discussion Papers 5728, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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