Eating patterns and overweight status in young adults: The Bogalusa Heart Study

Nisha A. Mohindra, Theresa A. Nicklas*, Carol E. O'Neil, Su Jau T Yang, Gerald S. Berenson

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Several studies have focused on the association between eating patterns and obesity. However, the findings have not been consistent. The goal of the present study was to identify the eating patterns associated with overweight among young adults aged 19-28 years (n=504) in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Food intake was determined using a single 24-h dietary recall, and height and weights were measured to determine the body mass index. The association between eating patterns and overweight status was evaluated using logistic regression and analysis of covariance. Twenty-four percent of young adults were overweight and 18% were obese; with the highest prevalence of obesity seen among black females. The percentage gram consumption of fruit/fruit juices (P > 0.01) was negatively associated with overweight status, and diet beverage consumption (P > 0.05) was positively associated with obesity. Eating patterns are associated with overweight status in young adults; however, the amount of variance explained in the body mass index was very small.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-25
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
StatePublished - 2009


  • Diet beverages
  • Eating patterns
  • Overweight
  • Sweetened beverages
  • Young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science


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