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J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2014 Aug;26(8):445-51. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12070. Epub 2013 Aug 27.

Binge eating and weight loss behaviors of overweight and obese college students.

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Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate binge eating (BE) and weight-related behaviors in overweight and obese college students.

DATA SOURCES:

This was a secondary analysis of data from 487 overweight and obese college-age students from a private university in the northeastern United States.

CONCLUSIONS:

BE was reported by 34.9% of students. Only 6.2% of participants reported the use of compensatory behaviors (i.e., self-induced vomiting, laxative, or diuretic use) to prevent weight gain. BE was associated with smoking and exercising to lose weight. Gender differences emerged from the data as women were more likely to report being obese, the use of compensatory behaviors, and to perceive themselves as moderately or extremely overweight.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE:

BE is a significant problem on college campuses and is associated with the development of obesity and eating disorders. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are in an excellent position to effect change in this population through their frequent contact with young adults in community and school-based venues. NPs are well-prepared to identify at-risk college students and provide them with individualized care, education, and support.

KEYWORDS:

Eating disorders; college students; dietary practices; obesity

PMID:
24170676
PMCID:
PMC3937296
DOI:
10.1002/2327-6924.12070
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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