Receipt of Health Information, Body Mass Index, And Physical Activity And Dietary Behaviors Among University Students

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Georgia Southern University

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Meadows, Julianne M.
ETD; Receipt of health information; Physical activity risk behaviors; Dietary risk behaviors; College students; Body mass index; Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies, Electronic Theses & Dissertations, ETDs, Student Research
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This study examined relationships between receipt of health information, body mass index (BMI), and dietary and physical activity behaviors in a sample of university students (n=1,799). A cross-sectional design assessed health-risk behaviors. Students were placed into dichotomous categories related to receipt of health information, then grouped by risk and non-risk for each dependent behavioral variable; descriptive statistics were then generated. Odds ratios assessed relationships between receipt of health information and activity, diet, and nutrition for normal-weight and overweight students; odds ratios also assessed associations between BMI and diet and activity behaviors. Post-hoc analyses were also conducted. Students who received health information were more likely to: attempt weight-loss; diet; exercise at recommended levels; and eat well. Normal-weight students behaved more optimally than overweight students after receiving health information. Health messages may provide limited benefits regarding health-promoting behaviors; information should be but one component of a comprehensive strategy to target high-risk students.