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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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  • 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
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    1. Cawley, John & Ruhm, Christopher J., 2011. "The Economics of Risky Health Behaviors," Handbook of Health Economics, 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), November.

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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions

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