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Am J Health Behav. 2001 Mar-Apr;25(2):115-24.

Weight loss behaviors and smoking in college students of diverse ethnicity.

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Department of Nutrition, Florida International University, Miami 33199, USA. georgev@fiu.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
11297041
DOI:
10.5993/ajhb.25.2.4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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