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Socioeconomic Disparities in Emerging Adult Weight and Weight Behaviors

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Abstract:

Objectives: To explore weight, weight behaviors, and tobacco and alcohol use among emerging adults by parental education and financial strain. Methods: Cross-sectional analyses of 2010 survey data from an urban Minnesota public 4-year university and 2-year community college (n=1201). Results: Low parental education was associated with lower fruit/vegetable consumption and physical activity and more fast food and unhealthy weight control. Financial strain was associated with less physical activity and more unhealthy weight control, binge drinking, and tobacco use. Conclusions: Unique relationships exist between socioeconomic indicators and emerging adult health behaviors. Additional research is needed to understand financial context among emerging adults.

Keywords: COLLEGE HEALTH; OBESITY; SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS; WEIGHT BEHAVIORS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.36.4.1

Affiliations: Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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