Purpose Statement/ Research questions
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of college students living arrangements (independent variable) of food consumption (dependent variable), based on a college campus (the research site). Fruits and vegetables vs processed foods (control variable) focuses on modifying college student’s dietary intake and preferences in dining halls. The independent variable(s) living arrangements was defined as college students living in residential halls, living in a rented apartment (off campus), and living with their family. (El Ansari et al., 2012; Laska et al., 2010; Ridell et al., 2011). The dependent variable(s) will be food consumption defined as measuring the amount of foods consume through meals. (El Ansari et al., 2012). The control and intervening variable(s), fruits and vegetables (identify the control and intervening variables) will be defined as the daily average intake serving of fruits and vegetables consumed. Boek et al., 2012; El Ansari et al., 2012; Graham et al., 2013; O’Donnell et al., 2014; Yeh et al., 2010 ). This study will contribute to enhancing healthier food options for college students as well as to meet their nutritional needs. Also, a food frequency survey will be utilized to access how often do college students consume healthier options vs processed food based on their living arrangements.
Does living arrangement impact college students’ food consumption on healthier foods vs processed foods at campus dining halls?
Null Hypothesis: There is no difference between choosing processed foods or healthier foods in college students food consumption based on living arrangement.
Alternative Hypothesis: There is a difference between choosing processed foods or healthier foods in college students food consumption based on living arrangement.
Hypothesis: College students with better food consumption are likely to consume more fruits and vegetables than processed foods that are unhealthy.
1. How does living arrangement affect college student food choices?
2. What are the factors that influence food consumption on college students?
3. How do college students rate on fruits and vegetable consumption vs processed foods based on their living arrangements?
1. How does food consumption depend on living arrangements on college students?
2. Does the consumption of fruits and vegetables help college student make smart, healthy food choices than choosing processed foods?
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