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Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 9 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 237-242
DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2009.237.242
Vegetarianism among Jordan University Students
Ahmad A. Suleiman, Omar K. Alboqai, Sameer Kofahi, Adib A. Aughsteen and Khader El Masri

To determine the prevalence rate and reasons of vegetarianism as well as its relationship with selected demographic and lifestyle characteristics among Jordan University students. A cross-sectional survey was carried out at Jordan University, Amman, Jordan from March to September 2005. The survey included 1209 students aged 17-28 years. A multistage stratified sampling technique was used to recruit the participants from different majors at Jordan University. A self-administered questionnaire included information about demographic, lifestyle characteristics and vegetarian status. The response rate was 80.6%. The overall prevalence of vegetarianism among university students was 23.9%. Vegetarianism was statistically significant (p< 0.05) with being female, younger age, lower family monthly income, nonsmoker, physically active, vitamin-mineral supplement user and normal BMI. The main important reasons for being vegetarian were weight control 39.2% and economic reasons 35.8%. A significant proportion of Jordan University students are interested in vegetarianism because of weight control and economic reasons. Vegetarians are more likely to be: females, younger age, with lower family monthly income, nonsmokers, physically active, vitamin-mineral supplement users and with normal BMI.
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Ahmad A. Suleiman, Omar K. Alboqai, Sameer Kofahi, Adib A. Aughsteen and Khader El Masri, 2009. Vegetarianism among Jordan University Students. Journal of Biological Sciences, 9: 237-242.

DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2009.237.242








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