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Table 4 Student's response to questions related to their lifestyle practices including eating habits, meal patterns, fruits and vegetables intake, fried food, alcohol consumptions and smoking habit.

From: Eating habits and obesity among Lebanese university students

    Males Females  
Questions Levels Total N= N= % N= % P Value
Do you take your meals regularly? Always regular 135 62 64.6 73 58.9 > 0.05
  Irregular 85 34 35.4 51 41.1  
Do you take breakfast? Daily 70 31 32.3 39 31.5 > 0.05
  Three or four times per week 46 19 19.8 27 21.8  
  Once or twice per week 37 18     
  rarely 67 28 29.2 39 31.5  
How many times do you eat meals except snacks? One time 17 8 8.3 19 15.3 = 0.001
  Two times 116 46 47.9 70 56.5  
  Three times 55 24 25 31 25  
  Four times 22 18 18.8 4 3.2  
How often do you take snacks apart from regular meals? Daily 117 48 50 69 55.6 > 0.05
  Three or four times per week 45 23 24 22 17.7  
  Once or twice per week 35 13 13.5 22 17.7  
  rarely 23 12 12.5 11 8.9  
How often do you eat green, red or yellow colored vegetables? Daily 67 28 29.2 39 31.5 > 0.05
  Three or four times per week 68 26 27.1 42 33.9  
  Once or twice per week 55 26 27.1 29 23.4  
  rarely 30 16 16.7 14 11.3  
How often do you eat fruits? Daily 60 28 29.2 32 25.8 > 0.05
  Three or four times per week 48 19 19.8 29 23.4  
  Once or twice per week 60 27     
  rarely 52 22 22.9 30 24.2  
How often do you eat fried food? Daily 42 20 20.8 22 17.7 > 0.05
  Three or four times per week 84 39 40.6 45 36.3  
  Once or twice per week 60 24 25 36 29  
  rarely 34 13 13.5 21 16.9  
How often do you eat with friends and family? Daily 94 41 42.7 53 42.7 > 0.05
  Three or four times per week 75 33 34.4 42 33.9  
  Once or twice per week 46 18 18.8 28 22.6  
  rarely 5 4 4.2 1 0.8  
What type of food do you think you should eat to have a balanced nutrition? Mainly meat 19 9 9.4 10 8.1 > 0.05
  Mainly vegetables 25 8 8.3 17 13.7  
  Meat, vegetables and other variety of foods 164 74 77.1 90 72.6  
  others 12 5 5.2 7 5.6  
How often do you drink alcohol? Two or three times per week 39 21 21.9 18 14.5 > 0.05
  Never 56 25 26 31 25  
  Rarely 125 50 52.1 75 60.5  
Please state your smoking history Current smoker 67 (30.3%) 33 34.4 34 27.2 > 0.05
  Ex-smoker 16 (7.2%) 9 9.4 7 5.6  
  Never smoke 138 (62.4%) 54 56.3 84 67.2