Dietary Health Behaviour and Beliefs among University Students from 26 Low, Middle and High Income Countries

Translated Titles





Supa Pengpid;Karl Peltzer

Key Words

飲食行為 ; 健康信念 ; 知識 ; 大學生 ; 多國 ; dietary behaviour ; health beliefs ; knowledge ; university students ; multi-country


Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

24卷4期(2015 / 12 / 01)

Page #

744 - 752

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of six healthy dietary behaviours and associated factors in university students from 26 low, middle and high income countries. In a cross-sectional survey, we used a selfadministered questionnaire (largely based on the European Health and Behaviour Survey) among 19503 undergraduate university students (mean age 20.8, Standard deviation=2.8, age range of 16-30 years) from 27 universities in 26 countries. Results indicated that for a total of six healthy dietary behaviours, overall, students scored a mean of 2.8 healthy dietary behaviours. More female than male students indicated healthy dietary behaviours. In multivariate linear regression among men and women, living in an upper middle income or high income country, dieting to lose weight, the high importance of dietary health benefits, high non-organized religious activity, high physical activity and currently a non-tobacco user were associated with the healthy dietary behaviour index. The study found a high prevalence of relatively poor dietary healthy behaviours.

Topic Category 醫藥衛生 > 預防保健與衛生學