Comparison of Dietary Habits and Psychological Outcomes in Hostelites and Day Scholars
Dietary Habits and Outcomes in Hostelites and Day Scholars
Keywords:Dietary Habits, Hostelites, Day Scholars, Lifestyle, Psychological Health
A student's transition to college is marked by a new phase of independence, joyous activities, lifestyle changes, and behavior that includes eating habits. Eating habits have a long-term effect on a person health. Objective: To assess and compare dietary habits among day scholar and hostelites and their psychological outcomes. Methods: Using the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10) and the Global Sleep Assessment Questionnaire (GSAQ), a cross-sectional study with a sample size of 100 students was carried out at the University of Lahore over a period of four months. Results: Frequency of normal BMI was more in hostelites as compared to Day scholars. The comparison of day scholars and students living in hostels also revealed that hostelites have more psychological distress, their sleeping quality is worse and they have bad eating habits. Several aspects were assessed by questionnaires in the study which find out that Lifestyle and dietary habits have an effect on the psychological health among university students. Conclusions: This study highlighted the difficulties college students have in leading nutritionally healthy lives, particularly when they reside in dorms. The current findings point to a worryingly high incidence of psychological discomfort, as well as unhealthy eating, sleeping, and lifestyle choices that need o0to be targeted and changed.
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