Comparison of Obesity, Overweight, and Nutritional Patterns of Southeastern College Students to National Norms

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Journal of Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance


On the national level, obesity is one of the most pervasive public health problems in the United States (Menifield, Doty, Fletcher, 2008; Stern et al., 1995). More specifically, obesity is becoming a major concern for the traditional college student population. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationships between BMI classification and self-reported nutritional patterns of college students and determine if the BMI of these students is significantly different from nationally reported data. While particular nutritional patterns were significantly related to BMI classification, the sample also determines higher BMI than those in the national data.