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ERIC Number: EJ986993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Undergrad and Overweight: An Online Behavioral Weight Management Program for College Students
Harvey-Berino, Jean; Pope, Lizzy; Gold, Beth Casey; Leonard, Heather; Belliveau, Cynthia
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v44 n6 p604-608 Nov-Dec 2012
Objective: Explore the feasibility of an online behavioral weight management program for college students. Methods: The program focused on behavioral strategies to modify eating and exercise behaviors of students interested in losing weight and/or developing a healthy lifestyle. Specific tools included weekly chat meetings with a facilitator, calorie and fat gram recommendations, daily food logs, and exercise guidance. Results: Three hundred thirty-six students participated from 2 northeastern universities. Overweight/obese students wanting to lose weight had a mean body mass index of 30.6 kg/m[superscript 2] at baseline and lost an average of 5.1 plus or minus 6.0 lbs. Those of healthy weight wanting to lose weight had a mean body mass index of 22.0 kg/m[superscript 2] at baseline and lost an average of 1.8 plus or minus 3.2 lbs. Twenty-three percent of students lost greater than 5% of their baseline weight. Conclusions and Implications: Use of an online behavioral weight management program may be a feasible way to help college students develop healthy eating and exercise behaviors. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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