Dr. Nizielski


The unhealthy diet of Americans has led to an increase in number of chronic illnesses and obesity. These poor dietary patterns usually originate from early-developed eating habits of young and newly independent adults. In this literature review the health status and eating habits of college students will be discussed, along with the social factors promoting these behaviors; such as location of living, previous parental guidance with nutrition, and meal preparation. Misinformation appears to have the largest impact on the nutrition status of the college student, suggesting that a stronger emphasis on nutritional education and constant and/or direct exposure to nutrition information should be implemented on campus in order to promote healthier eating habits. This review also provides an analysis of successful collegiate nutrition education programs and suggests approaches to improve the delivery of accurate nutrition information to Grand Valley State University students.