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Eating Behavior of Brazilian College Students: Influences of Lifestyle, Negative Affectivity, and Personal Characteristics

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Martins, Bianca G. [1] ; da Silva, Wanderson R. [1] ; Maroco, Joao [2] ; Campos, Juliana A. D. B. [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Sao Paulo State Univ, Dept Biol Sci, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Inst Univ Ciencias Psicol Sociais & Vida, William James Ctr Res, Lisbon - Portugal
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS; v. 128, n. 2, p. 781-799, APR 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0

In this study we proposed to estimate the impact of lifestyle, negative affectivity, and college students' personal characteristics on eating behavior. We aimed to verify that negative affectivity moderates the relationship between lifestyle and eating behavior. We assessed eating behaviors of cognitive restraint (CR), uncontrolled eating (UE), and emotional eating (EE)) with the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire-18. We assessed lifestyle with the Individual Lifestyle Profile, and we assessed negative affectivity with the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale-21. We constructed and tested (at p < .05) a hypothetical causal structural model that considered global (second-order) and specific (first-order) lifestyle components, negative affectivity and sample characteristics for each eating behavior dimension. Participants were 1,109 college students (M age = 20.9, SD = 2.7 years; 65.7% females). We found significant impacts of lifestyle second-order components on negative affectivity (beta = -0.57-0.19; p < 0.001-0.01) in all models. Physical and psychological lifestyle components impacted directly only on CR (beta=-0.32-0.81; p < 0.001). Negative affectivity impacted UE and EE (beta = 0.23-0.30; p < 0.001). For global models, we found no mediation pathways between lifestyle and CR or UE. For specific models, negative affectivity was a mediator between stress management and UE (beta=-0.07; p < 0.001). Negative affectivity also mediated the relationship between thoughts of dropping an undergraduate course and UE and EE (beta = 0.06-0.08; p < 0.001). Participant sex and weight impacted all eating behavior dimensions (beta = 0.08-0.34; p < 0.001-0.01). Age was significant for UE and EE (beta=-0,14- -0.09; p < 0.001-0.01). Economic stratum influenced only CR (beta = 0.08; p = 0.01). In sum, participants' lifestyle, negative emotions and personal characteristics were all relevant for eating behavior assessment. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 19/00148-4 - Impact of negative affectivity and lifestyle on eating behavior aspects among university students
Grantee:Bianca Gonzalez Martins
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
FAPESP's process: 17/21149-3 - Functional performance and body composition in university students with different eating behavior
Grantee:Bianca Gonzalez Martins
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master
FAPESP's process: 17/18679-0 - Eating behavior of Brazilian university students
Grantee:Juliana Alvares Duarte Bonini Campos
Support type: Regular Research Grants