ERIC Number: EJ901771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Gender, Residence and Ethnicity Affect Freshman BMI and Dietary Habits
Freedman, Marjorie R.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v34 n5 p513-524 Sep-Oct 2010
Objectives: To examine relationships between gender, ethnicity, and residency, with factors influencing weight gain in 756 multiethnic college freshmen. Methods: An online survey obtained participants' height and weight; consumption of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meals; dieting and exercise patterns. Results: Ten percent of Asians were underweight; most lived off campus. Forty percent of Hispanics were overweight/obese; most lived on campus. After starting college, on-campus students decreased intake of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and meal frequency; off-campus students decreased dairy and dinner frequency (P less than 0.001). Few met dietary guidelines. Conclusions: Moving to campus may contribute to weight gain in some ethnic groups.
Descriptors: On Campus Students, College Freshmen, Ethnicity, Nutrition, Dietetics, Nutrition Instruction, Gender Differences, Body Height, Body Weight, Internet, Surveys, Eating Habits, Exercise, Asian American Students, Hispanic American Students, Obesity, Guidelines, Correlation, College Housing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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