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Ethn Dis. 2009 Spring;19(2):111-4.

Prevalence of overweight and obesity among Seventh-day Adventist African American and Caucasian college students.

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Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina 27858, USA. pawlakr@ecu.edu

Abstract

All age, sex, and racial groups are affected by the obesity epidemic in the United States, although disparities exist among these groups. The Seventh-day Adventists are a religious group of people who are believed to live longer and healthier lives than do their non-Adventist counterparts because they do not smoke or drink alcohol and they eat a healthier diet. This study assessed the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Seventh-day Adventist college students attending 2 private universities in the southern United States. Most students' body mass index (65.8%) was within the normal weight category, 3.7% were underweight, 20.6% were overweight, and 9.9% were obese. Body mass index > or = 25 kg/m2 was more prevalent among men and African Americans. In all ethnic subgroups, the prevalence of overweight and obesity was lower than that among non-Adventist students reported in other studies.

PMID:
19537219
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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