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The purpose of this study was to investigate a potential relationship between diet quality, lifestyle factors and neurobehaviors of individuals. It was hypothesized that eating healthy and exercising improves mental state and self-motivation. An anonymous online survey using the Food-Mood and Treatment Self-Regulation Questionnaires using the five point Likert Scale was administered online through community outreach and social media. The survey included questions on demographics, exercise habits, frequency of food group consumption, mental distress, and motivation. Data was collected between January to March 2021 and a total of 421 participants aged 18 and above completed the questionnaires. Spearman’s rho correlation was used to assess the associations between the different variables. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 25.0. The results indicated that there is a correlation between exercise, motivation, and mood to every other metric studied, such as positive diet behaviors. Our findings also reveal strong positive associations between nutrient-dense food, motivation to perform and mental wellbeing (P < 0.01). Interestingly, fast-food and sugary foods produced strong negative correlation with neurobehaviors (P < 0.01). It was concluded there may be a correlation between dietary behaviors and exercise and motivation. Further evaluation of the role dietary and lifestyle choices play on neurobehavioral should be investigated.



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The Association between Diet, Exercise, and Neurobehviors