Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Nutrition and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Melinda Valliant

Second Advisor

Nadeeja Wijayatunga

Third Advisor

Samantha Kostelnik

Relational Format



Intuitive eating strives to consciously listen to the internal hunger and fullness cues our body provides, as humans often practiced long before counting calories and dieting existed. Rational thought, instinct, and emotion influence an intuitive eater’s decision-making and allow for full capability in navigating food decisions. While intuitive eating habits can benefit any individual, little research has compared the intuitive eating habits between collegiate students and student-athletes. measures unconditional permission to eat, eating for physical rather than emotional reasons, reliance on hunger and fullness cues, and body-food choice congruence. Student-athletes presented a significantly higher overall intuitive eating score (3.53±0.54, p=0.003) than their counterparts. This group possessed significantly higher eating for physical rather than emotional reasons (3.49±0.92, p=0.001) and body-food choice congruence scores (3.64±0.85, p≤0.001), compared to students. It is essential to understand that a difference between these populations exists in order to implement strategies to increase intuitive eating habits in the student population and further investigate why these differences occur.

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