Gender, Residence and Ethnicity Affect Freshman BMI and Dietary Habits
Author: Freedman, Marjorie R.
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 34, Number 5, September 2010 , pp. 513-524(12)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objectives: To examine relationships between gender, ethnicity, and residency, with factors influencing weight gain in 756 multiethnic college freshmen.Methods: An online survey obtained participants' height and weight; consumption of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meals; dieting and exercise patterns.Results: Ten percent of Asians were underweight; most lived off campus. Forty percent of Hispanics were overweight/obese; most lived on campus. After starting college, on-campus students decreased intake of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and meal frequency; off-campus students decreased dairy and dinner frequency (P < 0.001). Few met dietary guidelines.Conclusions: Moving to campus may contribute to weight gain in some ethnic groups.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2010-09-01
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