Correlates of healthy fruit and vegetable diet in students in low, middle and high income countries

SOURCE: International Journal of Public Health
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2015
TITLE AUTHOR(S): K.Peltzer, S.Pengpid
KEYWORDS: EATING BEHAVIOUR, FRUIT, HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, NUTRITION, RISK BEHAVIOUR, UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, VEGETABLES
DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8971

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of fruits and vegetable consumption and associated factors among university students from 26 low, middle and high income countries. Methods Using anonymous questionnaires, data were collected in a cross-sectional survey from 17,789 undergraduate university students (mean age 20.8, SD = 2.8) from 27 universities in 26 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas. Overall, 82.8 % of the university students consumed less than the recommended five servings of fruits and/or vegetables. The mean fruit and vegetable consumption varied by country, ranging from B2.5 mean daily servings in Jamaica, Philippines and Barbados to C3.9 mean daily servings in Mauritius, Tunisia and Ivory Coast. In multivariate logistic regression analysis, sociodemographic factors, psychosocial factors, and behavioural factors (inadequate dietary behaviours, binge drinking and physical inactivity) were associated with low prevalence of fruit and vegetable intake. Findings stress the need for intervention programmes aiming at increased consumption of fruit and vegetables considering the identified sociodemographic, psychosocial and behavioural risk factors.