Eating habits and mental health of students in college

an integrative review of the literature


  • Ana Murça Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Escola Superior de Saúde, Viseu, Portugal
  • Cláudia Chaves Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Escola Superior de Saúde, CI&DEI, Viseu, Portugal
  • Carlos Albuquerque Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Escola Superior de Saúde, UICISA:E, CIEC - UMinho, Viseu, Portugal



students, eating habits, mental health


Introduction: One of the main changes in students' lives is the transition to higher education. Some simptoms of stress and depression are very common at this stage, which has a negative impact on cognitive functions and your mental health affecting your eating behaviour.

Objectives: To analyze the influence of eating habits on the mental health of college education students.

Methods: An integrative literature review was conducted, whose selection of studies, with publication date between 2014-2020, was made in databases: : Scielo, Medline® (via PubMed®), and LILACS® (via EBSCO) and RCAAP - Scientific Repositories of Open Access of Portugal. From a total of 9 articles that initially emerged from the research, the corpus of the review consisted of 4 articles.

Results: It has been shown that there is a relationship between mental health and eating habits of college education students, as well as an influence of eating habits on their mental health.Students with a high level of stress, anxiety and more depressive symptoms tend to have unhealthy eating habits.

Conclusion: Programs should be promoted to help students adapt to the context of college education and promote healthy eating behaviors, providing them more health literacy.


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Murça, A., Chaves, C., & Albuquerque, C. (2020). Eating habits and mental health of students in college: an integrative review of the literature . Millenium - Journal of Education, Technologies, and Health, 2(7e), 135–142.



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