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ERIC Number: EJ862486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
Relationship between Attitudes and Indicators of Obesity for Midlife Women
Sudo, Noriko; Degeneffe, Dennis; Vue, Houa; Merkle, Emily; Kinsey, Jean; Ghosh, Koel; Reicks, Marla
Health Education & Behavior, v36 n6 p1082-1094 2009
This study uses segmentation analyses to identify five distinct subgroups of U.S. midlife women (n = 200) based on their prevailing attitudes toward food and its preparation and consumption. Mean age of the women is 46 years and they are mostly White (86%), highly educated, and employed. Attitude segments (clusters of women sharing similar attitudes) are a significant predictor of obesity indicators. Mean body mass index and percentage of body fat are lower for the "concerned about nutrition" attitude segment compared with the "guiltridden dieter" and "impulsive eater" attitude segments. Mean waist circumference is highest in "impulsive eater" compared with the "concerned about nutrition" segment. Those in the "busy cooking avoider" segment have a significantly higher energy intake compared with women in other attitude segments. Tailoring a weight management intervention according to attitude segments of midlife women may enhance effectiveness. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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