ERIC Number: EJ1086793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Differences in Health Behaviors of Overweight or Obese College Students Compared to Healthy Weight Students
Harrington, M. Rachel; Ickes, Melinda J.
American Journal of Health Education, v47 n1 p32-41 2016
Background: Obesity continues to be an epidemic in college students, yet research is warranted to determine whether obesity increases the likelihood of risky health behaviors in this population. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the association between body mass index (BMI) and health behaviors in college students. Methods: A sample of 758 college students who completed an online health behavior survey were categorized based on their BMI. Chi-square analysis was used to examine the association between health behaviors and BMI. Summative health risk scores were compared using independent samples "t" test. Results: With the exception of sexual practices, there were few differences in reported health behaviors between BMI classification; however, a statistical significance (P = 0.024) was found between BMI groups on the Health Risk subscale. Discussion: The results of this study revealed little differences between BMI and health behaviors in college students and reinforced previous findings that college students, in general, do not seem to be concerned with meeting recommendations for improved health. Translation to Health Education Practice: The findings support the need for cost-effective, comprehensive programming aimed at improving health behaviors in all college students, not just a particular subgroup.
Descriptors: Obesity, College Students, Correlation, Online Surveys, Student Surveys, Body Composition, Statistical Analysis, Sexuality, Health Behavior, Academic Achievement, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Nutrition, Eating Habits, Physical Activity Level, Individual Characteristics, At Risk Persons
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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