Korean J Community Nutr.  2009 Aug;14(4):363-373.

The Nutrition Knowledge, Attitudes, and Dietary Habits of Physical Education Majors and Non-majors of Male College Students

  • 1Department of Sports Health, Institute of Continuing Education, Myongji University, Yongin, Korea.
  • 2Department of Food and Nutrition, Joongbu University, Chungnam, Korea. Khsong@mju.ac.kr
  • 3Department of Food and Nutrition, Myongji University, Yongin, Korea


This study was performed to investigate the nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and dietary habits of physical education (PE) major and non-majors of male college students. The subjects were 253 students residing in Gyeonggi area. Nutrition knowledge scores of PE major students were lower than that of non-major students. Both PE major and nonmajor students reported TV, radio, and internet as their primary sources of nutrition information. Overall dietary attitude scores of two groups did not differ significantly, but PE major students showed more positive attitudes than non-major students for 'Enjoy eating foods that are good for health'. PE major students took more number of meals a day and took more irregularly than non-major students. Also they used more nutrient supplements than non-major students. PE major students drank more amounts of alcohol and drank more frequently than non-major students. But the smoking status of the two groups was not significantly different. PE major students scored higher than non-major students in dietary habits on balance of meals in spite of their low nutrition knowledge scores. Therefore, it is suggested that nutritional programs for PE major and non-major college students should be developed.


nutrition knowledge; attitudes; dietary habits; physical education major students
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