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Adherence to the Mediterranean diet and its association with self -concept and academic and physical domain in education science students: a cross-sectional study

  • Eduardo Melguizo-Ibáñez1
  • Félix Zurita-Ortega1
  • Georgian Badicu2
  • José Luis Ubago-Jiménez1
  • Wilhelm Robert Grosz2,*,
  • Gabriel González-Valero3

1Department of Didactics of Musical, Plastic and Corporal Expression, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain

2Department of Physical Education and Special Motricity, Faculty of Physical Education and Mountain Sports, Transilvania University of Brașov, 500068 Brașov, Romania

3Department of Didactics of Musical, Plastic and Corporal Expression, Melilla Campus, University of Granada, 52005 Melilla, Spain

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1804100 Vol.18,Issue 4,April 2022 pp.1-10

Published: 30 April 2022

*Corresponding Author(s): Wilhelm Robert Grosz E-mail:


Background: Mediterranean diet is considered to be a healthy and convenient diet model due both to its physical and mental benefits. Therefore, the aim of the present research is to detail diet pattern, academic performance and self-concept, anxiety and physical activity practice in university students, as well as to establish relationships between the variables. Methods: A descriptive and cross-sectional study was carried out with a sample of 558 undergraduates at the University of Granada, using an Ad Hoc Socio-Academic Questionnaire, the PREDIMED, Self-concept Form-5 and BAI tests to collect the data. Results: The results obtained show that a high percentage of the sample practices more than three hours of physical activity per week, needs to improve their diet, reflects low levels of anxiety and shows higher scores in academic self-concept. Conclusions: A positive adherence to the Mediterranean diet shows improvements in academic performance and in the physical, social and academic aspects of ”self-concept”.


mediterranean diet; anxiety; physical activity; self-concept; academic performance; sex

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Eduardo Melguizo-Ibáñez,Félix Zurita-Ortega,Georgian Badicu,José Luis Ubago-Jiménez,Wilhelm Robert Grosz,Gabriel González-Valero. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet and its association with self -concept and academic and physical domain in education science students: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Men's Health. 2022. 18(4);1-10.


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