College women's weight-related behavior profiles differ by sexual identity

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Abstract

Objectives: To identify and describe homogenous profiles of female college students based on weight-related behaviors and examine differences across 5 sexual orientation groups. Methods: Data from the 2009-2013 College Student Health Survey (Minnesota-based survey of 2-and 4-year college students) were used to fit latent class models. Results: Four profiles were identified across all sexual orientation groups: "healthier eating habits," "moderate eating habits," "unhealthy weight control," and "healthier eating habits, more physically active." Differences in patterns and prevalence of profiles across sexual orientation suggest need for interventions addressing insufficient physical activity and unhealthy weight control behaviors. Conclusions: Future interventions should consider the diversity of behavioral patterns across sexual orientation to more effectively address weight-related behavioral disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-470
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

Keywords

  • College students
  • Disparities
  • Sexual orientation
  • Weight-related behaviors

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