Change in Diet, Physical Activity, and Body Weight in Female College Freshman

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Carolyn L. Blue, Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Objective: To examine diet, physical activity, and body-weight changes associated with relocation from home to university. Methods: Diet, fitness/physical activity, body-weight parameters and self-efficacy were assessed among 54 freshman women upon college entry and 5 months later. Results: Although caloric intake significantly decreased, a significant increase occurred in bodyweight parameters that may be attributed to significant decreases in total physical activity. Conclusions: Interventions are needed aimed at increasing physical activity; improving diet quality related to consumption of vegetables, fruits, breads and pasta, and meats; and decreasing alcohol consumption.

Additional Information

Publication
American Journal of Health Behavior 2004; 28(1): 24-32
Language: English
Date: 2004
Keywords
Obesity, Energy equation, Weight management, Self-efficacy, College student health, Women, Young adults