Term of Award
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
Anthony V. Parrillo
Committee Member 1
Stuart H. Tedders
Committee Member 2
Committee Member 3
W. Michael Felts
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.
Ball, Mary Catherine, "Television Viewing Habits, Body Mass Index, Dietary Behaviors snd Physical Activity Among University Students" (2006). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 632.