Cross-sectional study exploring sugar- sweetened beverages (SSB) consumption among students.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background Consumption of sugar sweetened beverages(SSBs) may be a key contributor to the epidemic of overweight and obesity. To date, very few studies have researched SSB consumption in students. The aim of the project is to investigate SSB consumption among Cardiff Metropolitan School of Health Sciences students and identify the trends, perceptions and general contribution within the diet of SSB. Methods: A cross-sectional quantitative study involving 80 health science students, who completed a 33-question self-administered questionnaire to detail their SSB consumption, beliefs, perceptions and general contribution within diet. Results: There were 58 female participants and 22 male participants with a mean age of 21.9. The majority of participants reported to consume SSBs once or twice per week with fruit drinks being the most popular (n=30, 37.5%). Energy drinks was reported to be the least popular SSB with 77.5% (n=62) of participants reporting to never consume it. Tooth decay was perceived to be highly associated with increased SSB consumption with a total of 66 participants (83%). The majority of the participants in the 18-21 age subgroup agreed that advertisement influenced their SSB choice whereas the majority in the 22-25 age subgroup disagreed. Conclusions: This cross-sectional study identified the frequency of SSB consumption in students and general trends, beliefs and perceptions regarding SSBs. Considering the limited data available regarding SSB consumption in students. It is recommended for larger future studies to elaborate on the findings from this study.
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