Weight and weight-related behaviors among 2-year college students

Marilyn S. Nanney, Leslie A. Lytle, Kian Farbakhsh, Stacey G. Moe, Jennifer A. Linde, Jolynn K. Gardner, Melissa N. Laska

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Objectives and Participants: The purpose of this article is to describe weight indicators and weight-related behaviors of students enrolled in 2-year colleges, including sex differences. Methods: During Fall 2011 and Spring 2012, 441 students from 3 Minnesota community colleges enrolled in the Choosing Healthy Options in College Environments and Settings (CHOICES) Study and completed baseline assessments. Participants completed a baseline survey evaluating eating and activity patterns, sleep, and stress and measures of height, weight, waist circumference, and body fat. Results: Participants were primarily female (68%), white (73%), with a mean age of 22.8 years, and 66.2% reporting an annual income < $12,000. Almost half (47%) were overweight or obese. Young males appeared to engage the most in risky health behaviors and had higher levels of overweight or obesity, compared with young females. Conclusions: Findings confirm the need for innovative interventions targeting this understudied and underserved young adult population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-229
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 19 2015

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  • community college students
  • obesity-related
  • weight
  • young adults


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