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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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ALVARENGA, Marle dos Santos; SCAGLIUSI, Fernanda Baeza  and  PHILIPPI, Sonia Tucunduva. Comparison of eating attitudes among university students from the five Brazilian regions. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.2, pp.435-444. ISSN 1678-4561.

Eating attitudes can be defined as beliefs, thoughts, feelings, behavior and relationship with food. They can influence people's food choices and health status. The scope of this paper is to compare eating attitudes of university students from different regions of Brazil and investigate possible associations and correlations with nutritional status, age, individual income and parental education. 2489 female university students in the area of health answered the Eating Attitude Scale - evaluated by total score and 5 sub-scores. The eating attitudes were compared by means of an analysis of covariance. A logistic regression was conducted to evaluate which variables were associated to the scale score. The Northeast presented more restrictive and compensatory practices and the North and Northeast presented less positive feelings about food and worse ideas about normal eating. The score on the scale did not present strong correlation with any of the variables studied, but nutritional status and age were associated with the total score. The profile of university students was similar among regions with the worst response in the North and Northeast regions. It is believed that these data could help to elucidate dietary patterns and nutritional differences among groups.

Keywords : Eating attitudes; Female university students; Nutritional status.

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