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The Association Between Health Conditions, Consciousness, Involvement, and Knowledge and Dietary Supplement Intake among University Students in South Korea

Department of Foodservice Management, Woosong University, Daejeon 34606, Korea
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(20), 4028; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16204028
Received: 16 August 2019 / Revised: 11 October 2019 / Accepted: 12 October 2019 / Published: 21 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
Dietary supplements (DSs) are typically used by the elderly in a population, but younger age groups are increasingly purchasing these products. In consideration of this issue, the present study investigated the DS-related behaviors and general lifestyles of university students in South Korea. The health conditions, consciousness, involvement, and knowledge, as well as the future behavioral intentions, of DS users and non-users were determined and compared. A survey was administered to the respondents, and measurements were adapted and rephrased to suit the Korean context. Results showed that although the behaviors of DS users and non-users were characterized by similar patterns, significant differences in health involvement and future purchase were found between these groups. Health involvement influenced DSs buying intentions in the future, but no significant differences in the other variables were found. The findings suggested that university students take DSs regardless of their expectations about their efficacy and that their knowledge does not affect their intention to purchase such products. View Full-Text
Keywords: dietary supplements; health involvement; consciousness; health condition; health behaviors; knowledge dietary supplements; health involvement; consciousness; health condition; health behaviors; knowledge
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Choi, J. The Association Between Health Conditions, Consciousness, Involvement, and Knowledge and Dietary Supplement Intake among University Students in South Korea. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4028.

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