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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Reports Database

Project: Eating Patterns and Diet Quality In Young Adults
Award Year: 2002
Amount of award, fiscal 2002: $150,000.00
Institution: Baylor College of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Theresa Nicklas
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This study identifies eating-pattern typologies associated with diet quality in young adults, linking these typologies to socioeconomic, demographic, and lifestyle characteristics. The study will also examine the association among eating patterns, diet quality, and obesity. Overweight and obesity have increased tremendously in the United States over the past three decades in all age groups. While it is known that weight gain is a result of long-term energy imbalance, the specific underlying causes of energy imbalance are unknown. This project analyzes data collected under the Bogalusa Heart Study for young adults. Data on dietary intake, anthropometric measures, and personal characteristics (social, demographic, and lifestyle variables) were collected for 11,416 young adults aged 19-38 in 1995-96. The present study conducts statistical analyses to determine the association between eating-pattern typologies and overall diet quality; to identify socioeconomic, demographic, and lifestyle differences in eating patterns and overall diet quality; and to determine the association between eating patterns, overall diet quality, and obesity.
Topic: Dietary Intake and Quality, Obesity
Brooks, B., R. Rajeshwari, T. Nicklas, S-J, Yang, and G. Berenson. “Association of Calcium Intake, Dairy Product Consumption with Overweight Status in Young Adults (1995-1996): The Bogalusa Heart Study,” Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 25, No. 6, December 2006.
Deshmukh-Taskar, P., T. Nicklas, S-J. Yang, and G. Berenson. “Does Food Group Consumption Vary by Differences in Socioeconomic, Demographic, and Lifestyle Factors in Young Adults? The Bogalusa Heart Study,” Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Vol. 107, No. 2, February 2007.

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