Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Mosby, Terezie T.

Committee Member

Fountain, Brent J.

Committee Member

Tidwell, Diane K.

Date of Degree

5-1-2019

Original embargo terms

Worldwide

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Nutrition

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Abstract

Regular consumption of dairy is thought to aid in preserving lean body mass while decreasing body fat, however, studies have reported inconsistent results. The overall aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine the influence of dairy consumption on body composition, specifically body fat percentage, among college-aged individuals in Mississippi. Total dairy consumption, type of dairy, and the relationship between race and sex were examined in 580 participants aged 18-26 years. Two-tailed correlation tests revealed a nonsignificant relationship between frequency of dairy consumption and body fat percentage among males, (r = .02, p = .68, n = 98) and females, (r = .06, p = .17, n = 469). There was also a nonsignificant interaction among race categories and dairy consumption. Future studies examining college-aged individuals should be performed with a more diverse sample to see if a relationship exists.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/21201

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