Relationship Among Self-Reported Fatigue, Dietary Taurine Intake, and Dietary Habits in Korean College Students
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship among self-reported fatigue, dietary taurine intake, and dietary habits in Korean college students. The subjects were 239 college students (142 male and 97 female) residing in the Incheon, Korea. Self-reported fatigue score was determined using a questionnaire of “Subjective Symptoms of Fatigue Test.” The average physical fatigue score (p ;< ;0.001), mental fatigue score (p ;< ;0.01), nervous fatigue score (p ;< ;0.001), and total fatigue score (p ;< ;0.001) of female students were significantly higher compared to male students. Average dietary taurine intake in male and female was 102.5 mg/day and 98.0 mg/day, respectively. There was no significant correlation between self-reported fatigue score and dietary taurine intake. However, there was significantly negative correlation between self-reported fatigue scores and dietary habits such as “eating meals at regular times” (p ;< ;0.05), “eating foods such as meat, fish, eggs, and beans more than two times a day” (p ;< ;0.05), “eating greenish yellow vegetable every meal” (p ;< ;0.05), and “avoiding eating sweet foods everyday” (p ;< ;0.05). Therefore, in order to reduce self-reported fatigue, it is necessary to provide nutrition education and counseling for better dietary habit in Korean college students, and a further large-scale study is needed about relationship of self-reported fatigue and dietary taurine intake.
KeywordsDietary Habit Fatigue Score Dietary Taurine Poor Dietary Habit Eating Meal
Body mass index
Body fat percentage
This work was supported by Inha University Research Grant.
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