Moczulski, Vanessa; McMahan, Shari; Weiss, Jie; Beam, William; Chandler, Laura
March 2007
American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p26
Academic Journal
This study evaluates commuting behaviors among college students and overweight and obesity status. A questionnaire regarding commuting patterns, living status, and health behaviors was completed by 496 participants in personal health college courses at a Western University. Results indicate that students who have a drive time of 16 minutes or longer to campus are 64% more likely to have a Body Mass Index of 25 or over, which is considered overweight by the Centers for Disease Control. As obesity trends rise, an approach that integrates behavior change strategies with environmental interventions needs to evolve to curb the obesity epidemic.


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