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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Nutrition, Food Science, and Hospitality

First Advisor

Marilyn A. Swanson


Breakfast eating habits, weight satisfaction, and fruit/vegetable consumption patterns were analyzed for 18 to 24 year old young adults in South Dakota. Breakfast eating habits in elementary school and high school were studied retrospectively with current breakfast eating habits in relation to weight satisfaction and stages of change for fruits and vegetables. Two sample populations were studied; State Group (n= 167), a random sample of young adults in South Dakota, and SDSU Group (n=96), a convenience sample of college students. The State Group data was part of a ten-state NC219 study and comparisons were made between this study and the NC219 research. The State Group was recruited through telephone calls, completed fruit/vegetable staging algorithm and received mailed survey. The SDSU Group completed two sections of the survey in class. No significant difference was found between eating and not eating breakfast in relation to fruit/vegetable consumption patterns and stage of change. No significant difference was found between satisfied or not satisfied with weight in relation to fruit/vegetable consumption patterns and stage of change. Future interventions designed to promote better fruit/vegetable consumption behaviors need not focus primarily on the benefits of breakfast or weight satisfaction.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Young adults -- Nutrition
Food habits
Nutrition surveys




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