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The Relationship Between Friend’s Weight Management Advice, Self-Perception of Weight, Weight Change Intentions, Physical Activity, and Eating Habits in College Freshmen

Abstract Background: College freshmen are exposed to a variety of environmental and social factors that can alter changes to health habits and encourage weight gain. Weight-related conversations had with friends may be related to self-perception of weight and alterations to health behaviors, but this association has yet to be assessed in the college population.

Objective: This study aims to examine the relationship between friend advice about weight management, self-perception of weight, and alterations to weight change intentions, physical activity, and eating habits in college freshmen over time.

Methods: College freshmen from ASU with complete data for three time points (n=321) were found to be predominantly female (72.2%) and non-white (53.2... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Thibodeau, Tristan (Author) / Bruening, Meg (Advisor) / Ohri-Vachaspati, Punam (Committee member) / Huberty, Jennifer (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Nutrition / Public health / Social research / College freshmen / friend / Self-perception of weight / Social network / weight-related advice
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 108 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Masters Thesis Nutrition 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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