Effect of a junior high school weight control program on weight loss, self-concept, knowledge, and related behaviors

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Shirley Watford Daye (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Barbara N. Clawson

Abstract: The major purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a weight reduction program on weight, nutrition knowledge, self-concept, and behaviors related to overeating and weight gain of obese junior high school students. A total of 46 junior high school females who were 15% above their recommended weight were included in the study. An experimental nonrandomized control group pre-posttest design was used in this study. Components of the treatment included behavior modification, nutrition, exercise, and improving self-concept. The program lasted 18 weeks with sessions occurring once a week. Instruments developed for the study included a 16-item Likert-type scale intended to assess eating behaviors related to weight gain and a 46-item nutrition knowledge test. The Piers Harris Self Concept scale was also used. Pre- and posttest responses for the experimental group indicated that the weight control program participation significantly increased nutrition knowledge and self-concept. In addition, favorable weight control behaviors increased, unfavorable behaviors decreased, and weight was lost.

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Language: English
Date: 1985
Weight loss
Junior high school students $x Attitudes

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