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Impact of Stress on Eating Behavior among College Students

Author(s) Chanchal Rajput
Country India
Abstract The study explores the impact of stress on eating behavior among college students, noting that stress can lead to unhealthy dietary choices. The transition from school to college life is highlighted, emphasizing the influence of factors like parental expectations, peer pressure, and adjusting to a new environment on students' eating habits. The research, conducted in Pune, Maharashtra, involved a cross-sectional questionnaire study with 247 participants.The results indicate a variety of dietary behaviors, with differences based on living arrangements. Notably, 39.3% of participants reported undereating during stress, and coping strategies varied, including phone use and emotional eating. Lack of social activities and poor academic performance were identified as common stressors. The study suggests a need for college support and
interventions, advocating for mandatory psychological counseling and stress management seminars to promote healthier eating habits among students, especially those in hostels or living alone.In conclusion, the study explores the correlation between stress and dietary habits among students, revealing diverse patterns influenced by living conditions. Recognizing the impact of living environment on long-term health, the study emphasizes the need for college support and interventions to address unhealthy eating habits, particularly among hostel-dwelling and solitary students. Advocating for mandatory psychological counseling in colleges and conducting seminars on stress management and healthy eating habits, the study emphasizes the importance of initiating stress management before college to safeguard students' ability to adopt and
maintain healthy dietary practices for long-term well-being.
Keywords Stress, Eating behavior, unhealthy dietary choices, parental expectations
Field Sociology > Philosophy / Psychology / Religion
Published In Volume 6, Issue 1, January-February 2024
Published On 2024-02-02
Cite This Impact of Stress on Eating Behavior among College Students - Chanchal Rajput - IJFMR Volume 6, Issue 1, January-February 2024. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i01.12819
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