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Cad Saude Publica. 2017 Apr 3;33(3):e00165615. doi: 10.1590/0102-311X00165615.

Food neophobia, life satisfaction and family eating habits in university students.

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1
Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile.
2
Universidad de Talca, Talca, Chile.
3
Universidad Pública de Navarra, Navarra, España.
4
Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to categorize university students based on their association between food neophobia and levels of subjective well-being, in general and in the food domain, and their perception of their family's eating habits. A survey was conducted among 372 university students from southern Chile. The questionnaire included the Food Neophobia Scale (FNS), Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), Satisfaction with Food-related Life (SWFL), Health-related Quality of Life Index (HRQOL-4), and Family Eating Habits Questionnaire (FEHQ). Three student types were distinguished by cluster analysis: Group 1 (26.9%) had the highest scores on the FNS, SWLS and SWFL. Group 2 (40.8%) had a high score on the FNS but the lowest scores on the SWLS and SWFL. Group 3 (32.3%) had the lowest FNS score and high scores on the SWLS and SWFL. Group 2 stood out in having a low score on the FEHQ's component for cohesiveness of family eating. These results suggest that both neophobic and non-neophobic students have positive levels of satisfaction with life and food-related life, and that satisfaction among neophobic students is related to family eating patterns, especially cohesiveness in family eating.

PMID:
28380146
DOI:
10.1590/0102-311X00165615
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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