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Weight Loss Behaviors and Smoking in College Students of Diverse Ethnicity

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Objective: To evaluate weight concerns, weight-loss practices (including smoking) in an ethnically diverse group of university students (58% Hispanic). Methods: Students (n=1,852) completed a survey addressing lifestyle behaviors and weight-control practices Results: A greater percentage of females than males practiced weight-loss behaviors. More Hispanic and non-Hispanic white students reported dieting, exercising, and using weight loss pills to lose weight. Only 4 of the females reported their primary reason for smoking was to control their weight Conclusion: Gender as well as ethnicity was a dominant factor influencing weight-loss behaviors/concerns of these young adults.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Nutrition, Florida International University, Miami, FL. 2: Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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