University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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The present research attempts to analyze why university students claim a love for the outdoors but do not use means of dietary action to protect the environment. Through an extensive analysis of corresponding literature, the effects of gender, age, motivation, barriers, and attitudes are examined as they relate to diet. To obtain data regarding these effects, students enrolled in online or hybrid classes at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) were sent a survey via Google Forms, with 129 students willingly responding. Previous to survey collection and statistical analysis, I hypothesized that if students rated their love of the outdoors at a high value, then they would be more likely to participate in environmental conservation by means of dietary action, demonstrating a positive correlation between love of the outdoors and restriction of diet. This speculation was not supported by students surveyed at UTC, as no significant correlation was detected between these 2 variables. A significant relationship between age and diet was confirmed by the data, reflecting previous studies that highlight the complex nature of this association. Lastly, no significant relationship was found between gender and diet, which conflicts the thoroughly established positive correlation between females and vegetarian dieting.
I would like to express my thanks to my advisor Professor Sarah Farnsley, as well as committee member Doctor Hope Klug for their ongoing support and assistance.
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Reticker, Claire, "Discrepancies amongst UTC students' diets and their understanding of their role in environmental activism" (2021). Honors Theses.