Evaluation of About Being Active, an online lesson about physical activity shows that perception of being physically active is higher in eating competent low-income women

BMC Womens Health. 2013 Mar 13:13:12. doi: 10.1186/1472-6874-13-12.


Background: Eating competence (EC) has been associated with positive health outcomes such as reduced cardiovascular risk and higher diet quality. This study compared reported physical activity and EC in 512 low-income women participating in an online program that included a physical activity lesson and assessed response to this lesson.

Methods: Educational intervention and surveys were completed online. EC was assessed with the Satter Eating Competence Inventory for Low-Income (ecSI/LI).

Results: Participants were mostly white, <31 years, overweight/obese (60%), and food insecure (58%). EC was higher for those who self-reported being physically active (30.1 ± 8.3 vs. 24.9 ± 8.1; P<0.001) and were active for ≥ 30 minutes/day (29.9 ± 8.3 vs. 26.3 ± 8.6), even with age, weight satisfaction, and BMI controlled. EC of obese physically active persons was higher than normal weight, but physically inactive women. The physical activity module was well received with responses unrelated to time involved or physical activity level.

Conclusions: Low-income women were interested in learning about physical activity and responded positively to online delivery. Overall EC levels were low, but higher for physically active women, supporting efforts to enhance EC. Additional research is needed to determine if EC is associated with responses to physical activity education.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Body Mass Index
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Exercise Movement Techniques / psychology*
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Pennsylvania
  • Population Surveillance
  • Poverty / psychology*
  • Poverty / statistics & numerical data
  • Program Evaluation
  • Self Concept*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Women's Health
  • Young Adult