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Georgia Southern Examines College Students and Low-Carbohydrate Diets

A collaborative study including Dr. Gulzar Shah, associate professor of health policy and management, and Dr. Macaulay Okwuokenye, alumni of the Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, examines “College Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Regarding Low-Carbohydrate Diets.” Poor dietary practices often result in weight gain and increase the potential risk for chronic diseases. As students transition to college, their new found independence and lack of parental supervision provides opportunities to indulge in calorie-rich foods and alcoholic beverages that result in weight gain. In an attempt to combat the weight gain, they resort to strategies they consider “quick-fixes” and one such practice is the adoption of fad diets of which several are popular today. This study focuses on university students’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding low carbohydrate diets.