Year of Publication

2009

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Thesis

College

Agriculture

Department

Hospitality and Dietetic Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Kelly Webber

Abstract

Almost half of Americans between 17 and 24 years of age are enrolled in higher education. College is an important life transition period when many young adults establish independence and adopt lasting behavior patterns, especially with regard to diet and physical activity. The first years of college are often associated with weight gain therefore making weight loss and weight gain prevention interventions necessary in this population. Behavioral weight loss programs (BWLP) have shown to be effective in adults, however, to our knowledge, there have been no reports of BWLP focused solely on college-aged young adults. This study compared a 10-week online behavioral weight loss program to a 10-week face-to-face program on the main outcomes of weight loss, change in body fat percentage, and change in physical activity among college students. Correlates of weight loss including self-monitoring, social support, attendance, selfefficacy, and motivation were also examined. Results showed motivation decreased over time, motivation was positively correlated with weight loss, and self- efficacy increased over time.

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