ERIC Number: EJ1024623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
Gender Differences in the Associations among Body Mass Index, Weight Loss, Exercise, and Drinking among College Students
Barry, Adam E.; Whiteman, Shawn; Piazza-Gardner, Anna K.; Jensen, Alexander C.
Journal of American College Health, v61 n7 p407-413 2013
Objective: To explore gender differences regarding weight management behaviors of college drinkers. Participants: Nationally representative sample of college students from the fall 2008 American College Health Association's National College Health Assessment II ("N" = 26,062 students). Methods: Structural equation modeling was used to examine potential gender differences in associations among exercise, weight loss behaviors, and alcohol use. Results: Critical ratio tests revealed that associations between exercise and weight loss behaviors were more strongly correlated among females as compared with males. For females, there was a small negative association between exercise and drinking behaviors; in contrast, for males, there was a positive relationship between exercise and alcohol use. Weight loss behaviors were positively associated with drinking for both female and male students; however, the association was significantly stronger for females. Conclusions: This investigation furthers previous research on drunkorexia and also sheds additional light on the gender-based differences in weight management behaviors of drinkers.
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Comparative Analysis, Body Weight, Drinking, College Students, Structural Equation Models, Exercise, Correlation, Health Behavior, Alcohol Abuse, Eating Habits, Student Behavior, Ethnicity, Body Composition, Sororities, Fraternities, National Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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