FNS  Vol.6 No.4 , March 2015
Understanding the Lifestyle Correlates with Chronic Constipation and Self-Rated Health
Abstract: The objective of this study is to evaluate the healthy and unhealthy behaviors as risk factors for chronic constipation and self-rated health status. Eight hundred tenth students enrolled from a university in Miaoli city, Taiwan. Chronic constipation was assessed using Chinese questionnaire. Information of unhealthy and healthy lifestyles was interviewed by constructed questionnaire. Thirty-six percentage of university students were assessed as chronic constipation. Using multivariate logistic regression adjusted for age, sex, race and BMI, we found chronic constipation significantly correlated with frequency of consumption from snack, fast food, fried food, daily consumption of water, physical activity and junk food used as regular food. Moreover, these unhealthy behaviors significantly correlated with self-rated health status. Students with chronic constipation had poor self-rated health status. It is urgent to create healthy behaviors to reduce the risk for chronic constipation or upgrade self-rated health status in university students.
Cite this paper: Chang, L. , Lin, Y. , Lo, T. , Chen, M. , Kuo, H. (2015) Understanding the Lifestyle Correlates with Chronic Constipation and Self-Rated Health. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 6, 391-398. doi: 10.4236/fns.2015.64040.

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