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ERIC Number: EJ907175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0744-8481
Obesity and Food Choices among Faculty and Staff at a Large Urban University
Freedman, Marjorie R.; Rubinstein, Rebecca J.
Journal of American College Health, v59 n3 p205-210 Nov 2010
Objective: In order to address increasing health care costs associated with obesity, this study sought to determine prevalence of overweight and obesity and examine eating behaviors, food choices, health beliefs, and attitudes of university employees. Participants and Methods: An online survey was distributed to greater than 3,800 faculty and staff at a large public metropolitan university in Winter 2008. Results: Almost half (48%) of 806 respondents were classified as overweight or obese. Compared to those with normal weights, overweight and obese respondents consumed fewer fruits and vegetables (p less than 0.05), were less confident in making healthful food choices (p less than 0.001), and were more influenced by food choices available in on-campus dining facilities (p less than 0.05). Conclusions: Obesity among university employees warrants attention. Because these employees have less self-efficacy and consume less healthful diets than their normal weight colleagues, universities need to improve on-campus access to healthful foods. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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