Accession Number : ADA190272

Title :   Dietary Factors Related to Physical Fitness.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Dutton, Linda J ; Conway, Terry L

PDF Url : ADA190272

Report Date : 30 Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : This study examined the relationship between habitual dietary practices and performance on the physical readiness test required of all activity duty Navy personnel (OPNAV6110.1B). Participants were 1013 men (mean age =26.2 years) stationed aboard 9 Navy ships. The men completed a self report survey of lifestyle and dietary habits and were evaluated on four tests of physical fitness: 1.5-mile Run, Situps, Sit-reach, and Percent Body Fat. A standardized Overall Fitness score was also computed for each person. Results indicated that the participants tend to skip breakfast, ingest moderate amounts of caffeine, and favor a high-fat, low-fiber diet. Fitness scores were associated with a number of dietary variables, including caffeine intake, between-meal snacking, and overeating (all negatively related to fitness), and having a general nutrition orientation (positively related to fitness). Diet was a significant predictor of fitness, even after controlling for age, exercise, and smoking.

Descriptors :   *DIET, *NUTRITION, *PHYSICAL FITNESS, ADIPOSE TISSUE, HABITS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, ORIENTATION(DIRECTION), SURVEYS, VARIABLES, NAVAL PERSONNEL

Subject Categories : Food, Food Service and Nutrition
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE