Low Protein Intake Among College Males Is Associated With Increased BMI

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A convenience sample of male nonathlete college students (n = 47) was assessed (diet intake, physical activity, and anthropometrics) and interviewed on protein knowledge/behavior. Most participants were unaware or misinformed about protein and were using supplements. Fifteen percent of participants consumed less than 0.8 g/kg per day, 70% consumed 0.8 to 1.99 g/kg per day, and 15% consumed 2 g/kg per day or more of protein. Differences between protein intake groups were assessed using a multivariate analysis of variance. The low protein intake group had higher body fat percentages, body mass indexes, and waist circumferences (P < .05). Future experimental research is needed to examine the impact of differing protein intakes on body composition in college male populations.

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