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Association between dietary patterns and sociodemographics: A cross‐sectional study of Australian nursing students

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posted on 19.03.2020, 00:00 by Susan WilliamsSusan Williams, Corneel VandelanotteCorneel Vandelanotte, C Irwin, N Bellissimo, Penny HeidkePenny Heidke, Sonia SalujaSonia Saluja, A Saito, SS Khalesi Taharoom
Lack of time, financial issues, and stressful clinical and educational environments in nursing studies promote higher intakes of convenience and fast foods loaded with fat and sugar, which are linked to reduced mental and physical health. In this study, we examined the dietary patterns of nursing students and their associated sociodemographic factors to inform the development of future health‐promotion interventions. A total of 548 Bachelor of Nursing students were invited to complete a survey. Associations were explored using χ2 and logistic regression. Three dietary patterns were identified: healthy (fruit, vegetables, and legumes), Western (loaded with fat, sugar, and salt), and unbalanced. Only 21% of participants were classified as following a healthy dietary pattern, and more likely to be older (>35 years old) and have a personal annual income between $AUD20 000–$59 999 and $60 000–$99 999. Students with one to two and three or more children were more likely to follow a Western dietary pattern. There is a need to develop interventions to improve the dietary behaviors of nursing students by health‐promoting activities and the provision of online health resources.

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Other

History

Volume

22

Issue

1

Start Page

38

End Page

48

Number of Pages

11

eISSN

1442-2018

ISSN

1441-0745

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, Australia

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

18/07/2019

External Author Affiliations

Griffith University; Ryerson University, Toronto

Author Research Institute

Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Nursing and Health Sciences

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