Term of Award

Summer 2006

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Committee Chair

Anthony V. Parrillo

Committee Member 1

Stuart H. Tedders

Committee Member 2

Padmini Shankar

Committee Member 3

W. Michael Felts

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between TV-viewing, BMI, dietary behaviors and physical activity in a purposive sample of university students. Twenty-three items from the National College Health Risk Behavior Survey were used. For data analysis, students were placed into dichotomous categories for TV-viewing risk; dichotomous categories were also created for each DV. Chi-square tests examined relationships between demographic and risk-behavior correlates and Ss' self-reports of TV-viewing; subsequent analyses were run for Ss who were normal- and overweight/obese. Odds ratios with 95% CI were also computed. TV-viewing was related to decreased use of diet/exercise to control weight and an increased likelihood of doing physical activity, strengthening, and stretching. For normal-weight Ss, TV-viewing was associated with decreased use of diet/exercise to control weight and increased risk of consuming fatty foods. Overweight/obese Ss at-risk for TV-viewing were more likely to consume fatty foods and less likely to participate in activity, strengthening, or stretching.

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