Health, health behaviors, and medical care utilization among college students with obesity
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Objective: The study assessed perceived health, health behaviors and conditions, and medical care utilization among students of different weight categories. Participants: Participants were college students (n = 37,583) from 58 institutions who responded to a national survey of student health behaviors. Methods: Chi-squared and mixed model analyses were completed. Results: Compared to healthy weight students, those with obesity were less likely to report excellent health and meet dietary and physical activity recommendations, and more likely to have obesity-related chronic conditions and to have attended a medical appointment in the prior 12 months. Students with obesity (84%) and overweight (70%) were more likely to be attempting weight loss compared to students of healthy weight (35%). Conclusions: Students with obesity have poorer health and health behaviors relative to students of healthy weight; students with overweight were in between. Adapting and implementing evidence-based weight management programs within colleges/universities may be beneficial for student health.
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Journal of American College Health
Hayes, Jacqueline F., Jessica G. LaRose, Katherine Hutchinson, Melissa A. Sutherland, and Rena R. Wing. "Health, health behaviors, and medical care utilization among college students with obesity." Journal of American College Health (2023). doi: 10.1080/07448481.2023.2225629.