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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(11), 1322; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14111322

Association between Eating Out and Socio-Demographic Factors of University Students in Chongqing, China

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School of Public Health and Management, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016, China
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Research Center for Medicine and Social Development, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016, China
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The Innovation Center for Social Risk Governance in Health, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016, China
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Chengdu Blood Center, Chengdu 610041, China
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Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, Australia
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Behavioral & Environmental Health, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39213, USA
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Received: 18 October 2017 / Revised: 26 October 2017 / Accepted: 26 October 2017 / Published: 30 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
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Abstract

(1) Objective: We aimed to explore the current situation of eating out and the association with socio-demographic factors of university students in Chongqing, China. (2) Methods: We used self-administered questionnaires to collect information. There are 14 universities in Chongqing; four (Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing University, Chongqing Normal University, and Chongqing University of Science & Technology) were randomly selected. In each selected university, two disciplines were randomly selected. (3) Results: 4595 university students participated in the study. The frequency of eating out was relatively high. The frequency of eating out among females was higher than that among males during weekdays. The two main reasons for eating out were having an opportunity to meet friends (56.0%) and improving diet (39.6%). Bistros (61.7%) and hot-pot restaurants (41.1%) were the favorite places for eating out. Only 36.0% of the participants said they considered nutrition and food safety when selecting restaurants. The majority of the participants demonstrated a high demand for nutrition and food safety knowledge when eating out (77.7%). (4) Conclusions: The higher the monthly living expenses were, the higher the frequency of eating out was. An intervention strategy to reduce the frequency or change the behavior of eating out should be formulated by considering the students’ perspectives. View Full-Text
Keywords: eating out; frequency; socio-demographic; university students eating out; frequency; socio-demographic; university students
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Hu, P.; Wu, T.; Zhang, F.; Zhang, Y.; Lu, L.; Zeng, H.; Shi, Z.-M.; Sharma, M.; Xun, L.; Zhao, Y. Association between Eating Out and Socio-Demographic Factors of University Students in Chongqing, China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1322.

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