The purpose of this paper is to explore factors associated with body weight gain among British university students who were members of a slimming club.
Student members of a national commercial slimming programme completed an online survey about cooking ability, weight gain, eating habits and physical activity levels. Non-parametric statistical tests and regression analysis were employed to examine factors associated with weight gain.
Weight gain was inversely associated with diet quality, cooking ability and physical activity with reliance on ready meals & convenience food and low physical activity particularly important. Prospective studies are needed to confirm these cross-sectional associations and to explore how the university setting may contribute to the effect.
The study adds additional perspective to understanding student weight gain at university in that it focuses on a body weight-conscious sub-group of the student population, as opposed to the general population of students.
Sprake, E., Lavin, J., Grabowski, P., Russell, J., Featherstone, M. and Barker, M. (2017), "Eating habits associated with body weight gain in female university students: A UK-based study of Slimming World members", British Food Journal, Vol. 119 No. 12, pp. 2571-2582. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-10-2016-0495Download as .RIS
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