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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between stress and food selection patterns by sex among first-year undergraduate students studying in an Australian university. METHODS: Participating in this cross-sectional study were 728 (331 men and 397 female students) first-year students, ages >18 y, attending the Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire consisting of three sections: sociodemographic information, stress measures, and a 7-d food frequency questionnaire. RESULTS: More than half (52.9%) of the participants were found to suffer from some level of stress, with relatively more female students (57.4%) suffering than men (47.4%). Men who experienced mild to moderate levels of stress were two to three times more likely to eat cereal foods (P 

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324 - 330


Australia, Dietary pattern, Stress, Students, Adolescent, Australia, Beverages, Body Mass Index, Cross-Sectional Studies, Edible Grain, Energy Intake, Fast Foods, Feeding Behavior, Female, Fruit, Ghana, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Meat, Multivariate Analysis, Seafood, Sex Factors, Socioeconomic Factors, Stress, Psychological, Students, Surveys and Questionnaires, Universities, Vegetables, Young Adult