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Changes in Weight Status and the Intestinal Microbiota among College Students

Abstract The transition to college has been identified as a vulnerable period for weight gain and the onset of obesity. Research has shown that the gut microbiota is different in obese compared to lean individuals, but a period of weight gain has never been studied in free-living individuals. The objective of this longitudinal, observational study was to assess the association between changes in the intestinal microbiota and weight-related outcomes in healthy college students living in on-campus dormitories at Arizona State University (n=39). Anthropometric measures and fecal samples were collected at the beginning and end of the school year, and microbial relative abundance for A. muciniphila, F. prausnitzii, R. gnavus, and L. acidophilus was measu... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Journey, Elizabeth (Author) / Whisner, Corrie M (Advisor) / Bruening, Meredith (Committee member) / Sweazea, Karen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Nutrition / Microbiology / Health sciences / Akkermansia muciniphila / College Students / Microbiome / Microbiota / Waist Circumference / Weight
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 90 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Nutrition 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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