Factors that affect sugar sweetened beverage intake in rural, southern college students in the US

Yeonsoo Kim, Tak Yan Chau, Julie M. Rutledge, Dawn Erickson, Yunsook Lim

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Abstract

The objective of the present study was to investigate factors that affect sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) intake in rural, southern college students in the US. The majority of the participants were male (58 %) and Caucasian (63 %). The average total SSB consumption was 79.4 floz/day (2.35 L/d). Results of binary logistic regression analyses of total SSB intake greater than 57.4 floz/day (1.8 L/d) versus less than 57.4 floz/day showed that factors associated with greater odds for high SSB intake were age greater than 20 years old (odds ratio [OR] = 3.551, 95 % confidence interval [CI] = 1.385 - 9.104, p = 0.008) and being African American (OR = 3.477, 95 % CI = 1.291 - 9.363, p = 0.013). Results of binary logistic regression analyses of total bottled water intake greater than 39.4 floz/day (median) versus less than 39.4 floz/day showed that consuming alcohol was significantly related to an increased probability of drinking more than 39.4 floz (1.17 L/d) of bottled water per day (median; OR = 2.914, 95 % CI = 1.223 - 6.943, p = 0.016). Culturally sensitive strategies are needed to raise awareness for making healthy beverage choices when dining on campus to effectively reduce college student's SSB consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-13
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research
Volume85
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • College students
  • Motivator of sugar sweetened beverage intake
  • Rural
  • Sugar sweetened beverage
  • Water

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