Metabolic syndrome, obesity, and related risk factors among college men and women
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Objectives: The primary objective of this study was to characterize the prevalence of overweight/obesity, metabolic syndrome (MbS) and its criteria, and nutrient intakes of college-age men and women via a large-scale screening. Participants and Methods: From August 2005 to July 2008, 2,722 subjects were recruited for the ongoing, cross-sectional Young Adult Health Risk Screening Initiative project. Anthropometric, biochemical, clinical, and dietary data were collected. Results: Approximately one-half of men and more than one-quarter of women were overweight or obese. MbS was identified in 9.9% of men and 3.0% of women; 77% of men and 54% of women had at least 1 MbS criterion. Intakes of saturated fat, magnesium, and fiber, as well as body mass index and reported physical activity levels were related to MbS. Conclusions: Because of high rates of overweight/obesity and MbS, college-age adults are at risk for developing chronic diseases including diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Copyright © 2012 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Journal of American College Health
Morrell, Jesse S., Ingrid E. Lofgren, Joanne D. Burke, and Ruth A. Reilly. "Metabolic syndrome, obesity, and related risk factors among college men and women." Journal of American College Health 60, 1 (2012): 82-89. doi:10.1080/07448481.2011.582208.