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Weight loss behaviors and smoking in college students of diverse ethnicity

Author: George,-Valerie-A; Johnson,-Paulette
Author Background: Florida International U, Dept of Nutrition, Miami, FL, US
Date 3&4/2001
Type Journal
Journal Title: American-Journal-of-Health-Behavior
Volume/Pages Vol 25(2): 115-124
Subject Matter Research, Hispanics, Young Adulthood, Smoking, Health, Body Image
Abstract Evaluated weight concerns and weight-loss practices (including smoking) in an ethnically diverse group of university students (58% Hispanic). 1,852 college students completed a survey addressing lifestyle behaviors and weight-control practices. Results show a greater percentage of females than males practiced weight-loss behaviors. More Hispanic and non-Hispanic White students reported dieting, exercising, and using weight loss pills to lose weight. Only 4 of the females reported their primary reason for smoking was to control their weight. It is concluded that gender as well as ethnicity was a dominant factor influencing weight-loss behaviors/concerns of these young adults. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)