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


  • Schroeter, Christiane
  • Wolf, Marianne McGarry


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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  • Schroeter, Christiane & Wolf, Marianne McGarry, 2012. "Who is eating the Fruits and Vegetables: Couch Potato or Internet Junkie?," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 125742, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea12:125742
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.125742

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    1. Schroeter, Christiane & House, Lisa & Lorence, Argelia, 2007. "Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among College Students in Arkansas and Florida: Food Culture vs. Health Knowledge," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, vol. 10(3), pages 1-27.
    2. Cawley, John & Ruhm, Christopher J., 2011. "The Economics of Risky Health Behaviors," Handbook of Health Economics, in: Mark V. Pauly & Thomas G. Mcguire & Pedro P. Barros (ed.), Handbook of Health Economics, volume 2, chapter 0, pages 95-199, Elsevier.
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    1. Schroeter, Christiane & House, Lisa A., 2015. "Fruit and Vegetable Consumption of College Students: What is the Role of Food Culture?," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 46(3), pages 1-22, November.

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