Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Self-perception of weight status and clinically measured BMI: A correlational study of university students
by Brandeis, Karen, M.S.N., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 70; 1507635
Abstract (Summary)

The prevalence of obesity is rising among university students with unhealthy diet and lifestyle being listed as major causes. The Health Belief Model suggests that behavior change follows a belief that health is at risk and that current behavior could lead to adverse consequences. The purpose of this study is to examine the accuracy of university students' weight status perception compared with their clinically measured body mass index and to evaluate weight status and its relationship to the student's attitude regarding weight and health risk.

Data from a convenience sample of 67 university students reveal that there is a strong correlation between the self-reported weight status and the weight status as calculated from the clinically measured body mass index (χ2 = 94.552, df= 9, p < .001). The findings indicate that students have an accurate perception of their personal weight status. Nearly all of the students report that being overweight or underweight has a negative impact on health.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Singh-Carlson, Savitri
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Public health
Publication Number: 1507635
ISBN: 978-1-267-18147-3
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