Exploration of the association between SWB, the FFM and dietary and exercise behaviours in UK University Students
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Personality is one of the primary predictors of subjective well-being. The present study explored the mediation of dietary and exercise behaviours in this relationship. Furthermore, the study looked at the unique relationship between personality, diet and exercise behaviours, and the moderation of year of study in this relationship in university students (N=140). Linear Regression and Multiple Mediation Analysis revealed that dietary and exercise behaviours did not significantly mediate the relationship between SWB and personality. Pearson Correlation and General Linear Models, revealed that Conscientiousness was associated with endorsing a Traditional Diet; Openness was associated with adherence to a Health Aware Diet; and Neuroticism was negatively related to high Fat and Fibre diet. Furthermore, Conscientiousness was associated with both intensity and frequency of exercise scores obtained from Godlin’s Leisure Time Questionnaire (GTLEQ). No significant moderation effect of year of study was found in the relationship between the FFM and dietary or exercise behaviours. Implications and limitations of the findings are discussed in reference to the tackling the obesity epidemic in university students.