Weight loss behaviors and smoking in college students of diverse ethnicity

Am J Health Behav. 2001 Mar-Apr;25(2):115-24. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.25.2.4.


Objective: To evaluate weight concerns, weight-loss practices (including smoking) in an ethnically diverse group of university students (58% Hispanic).

Methods: Students (n=1,852) completed a survey addressing lifestyle behaviors and weight-control practices.

Results: A greater percentage of females than males practiced weight-loss behaviors. More Hispanic and non-Hispanic white students reported dieting, exercising, and using weight loss pills to lose weight. Only 4 of the females reported their primary reason for smoking was to control their weight.

Conclusion: Gender as well as ethnicity was a dominant factor influencing weight-loss behaviors/concerns of these young adults.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Appetite Depressants / therapeutic use
  • Body Mass Index
  • Diet, Reducing
  • Ethnicity / psychology*
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Florida
  • Health Behavior / ethnology*
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Smoking
  • Students / psychology*
  • Students / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities
  • Weight Loss*


  • Appetite Depressants