Relationship Among Females' Weight Status and Beliefs About Diet and Health
Abstract:Objectives: To assess reliability/validity of psychosocial surveys and explore health beliefs across weight status in female freshmen. Methods: Participants (N = 259) completed Weight Efficacy Lifestyle Questionnaire and Eating Among Teens-II survey; results evaluated by weight status (Cronbach α; principal components analysis; Mann-Whitney U). Results: Factor structures generally differed by weight group but "trigger situations" and "social pressure" were consistent. For comparable constructs with Cronbach α ≥ .70, scores were neutral or slightly positive for self-efficacy, emotional eating, and social pressure. Scores did not differ between weight groups. Conclusions: Surveys demonstrated reliability but could benefit from further development to accurately evaluate psychosocial variables by weight status.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: University of Illinois Extension, Urbana, IL, USA; Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA 2: Department of Kinesiology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA 3: Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA
Publication date: July 1, 2013
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