Perceptions of Nutrition and Academic Performance in College Freshmen: A Phenomenological Qualitative Study

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Curriculum and Instruction

Date of Award

Fall 2020


Nutrition impacts students’ academic performance in the college setting. Researchers have linked being classified as obese or overweight during childhood and adolescent years, according to the body mass index chart, to substandard performance in their academic careers. The purpose of this study was to investigate how traditional, 1st-year college students perceived poor nutritional habits to be formed and how those habits have impacted their academic performance. The qualitative research method used to complete this research study was phenomenology. For this study, I interviewed 8 traditional college students who have recently completed their freshman year of college about their nutrition choices and how they perceived their nutrition to impact their academic performance.


Katie Koo

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Higher Education