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Research Article

Exploration of the Dietary and Lifestyle Behaviors and Weight Status and Their Self-Perceptions among Health Sciences University Students in North Lebanon

Table 2

Appetite changes and dietary and lifestyle behaviors.

Total ( = 369)Junior ( = 193)Senior ( = 176)
Number%Number%Number%

Current appetite status compared to before going to universitySame12634.17739.94927.86.4050.041
Increased12734.45830.16939.2
Decreased11631.45830.15833.0

Eating in response to exam related stress No15241.27136.88146.04.1350.242
Yes16745.39147.27643.2
Sometimes4411.92714.0179.7
Rarely61.642.121.1

Number of main mealsOne164.342.1126.85.9340.115
Two16945.88644.68347.2
Three16243.99147.27140.3
More than three226.0126.2105.7

Number of snacksZero215.794.7126.82.5800.631
One11130.16232.14927.8
Two13336.06835.26536.9
Three6317.13015.53318.8
More than three4111.12412.4179.7

Types of snacksNo snacks41.100.042.32.036 = 0.156
Fruit/fruit juice/yogurt8523.05025.93519.9
Biscuits/cakes164.3126.242.3
Fried potatoes61.631.631.7
Sweets/chocolate/cake7019.03819.73218.2
Combinations18149.18644.69554.0
Other71.942.131.7

Regular breakfast intakeYes22761.512564.810258.01.8050.179
No14238.56835.27442.0

Type of preferred breakfastMankoush or pastries32989.217992.715085.27.6050.099
Biscuits71.910.563.4
Cereal82.231.652.8
Sandwich133.542.195.1
Other123.363.163.4

Preferred method for food preparation for main mealsFrying12734.47036.35732.40.8310.660
Boiling9124.74824.94324.4
Grilling15140.97538.97643.2

Consumption of energy drinksNever28376.714173.114280.76.5790.142
Rarely349.2199.8158.5
1-2 times per week4211.42412.41810.2
2-3 times per week71.963.110.6
More than 3 times/week30.831.600.0

Eating for comfortYes20956.610654.910358.50.4860.486
No16043.48745.17341.5

Intake of coffee or tea directly after mealsYes14539.38242.56335.81.7280.189
No22460.711157.511364.2

Cravings for high fat/sugar foodsNever25067.812966.812168.81.3320.856
Once/month3810.32311.9158.5
2–4 times328.7178.8158.5
2-3 times287.6147.3148.0
4 times215.7105.2116.3

Preferred activities during free timeWalking3810.3147.32413.6
9.639

0.047
Watching TV/listening to music25067.812765.812369.9
Practicing a sport4913.33015.51910.8
Shopping226.0147.384.5
Other102.784.121.1

Screen time1 h-2 h a day14940.48343.06637.51.6110.657
3 h-4 h a day13636.97036.36637.5
5 h-6 h a day4813.02211.42614.8
More than 6 h a day369.8189.31810.2

Eating meals while watching TV or at the computerYes21959.312966.89051.19.4090.002
No15040.76433.28648.9

Smoking statusNever28477.015278.813275.04.0740.254
Previous smoker30.800.031.7
Occasionally4311.72010.42313.1
Regular smoker3910.62110.91810.2

Statistically significant at ≤ 0.05.
MC: Monte Carlo for Chi square test.

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