Publication: The Assessment of Nutritional and Physical Activity Statuses in Nutrition and Dietetics and Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Students
Purpose: The aim of this research was to assess the nutritional and physical activity statuses of nutrition and dietetics(ND) and physiotherapy and rehabilitation students at Bezmialem Vakif University Faculty of Health Sciences.Materials and Methods: A questionnaire with sociodemographic characteristics, 24-h dietary recall and national foodfrequency scales were used to determine nutrition and physical status of the students. Body mass index (BMI), waistcircumference, and body fat ratio were calculated using the bioelectric impedance analyzer. Results: A total of 209 students,125 of them were ND students and 84 of them were physiotherapy and rehabilitation students, were participate the study.Average BMI of ND students and physiotherapy and rehabilitation students are similar and calculated as 21.6 kg/m2 and22.1 kg/m2 respectively. At the same time, nearly half of the students in both departments were physically active. However,daily average energy intake was found different for each department and it was 1400.31 kcal and 1609.63 kcal, respectively(P < 0.05). When compared food group consumption for every day, it was determined that ND students consumed morefruits and vegetables group (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Eventually, the results of the study were evaluated; it was found thatND students had a healthier diet than the physiotherapy and rehabilitation students.