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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

Abstract:
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

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jbs.2009.237.242

 
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