Obesity and Food Choices Among Faculty and Staff at a Large Urban University

Marjorie R. Freedman, Rebecca J. Rubinstein
2010 Journal of American College Health  
Objective: In order to address increasing health care costs associated with obesity, this study sought to determine prevalence of overweight and obesity [high body mass index (BMI)], and examine eating behaviors, food choices, health beliefs and attitudes of university employees. Participants and Methods: An on-line survey was distributed to > 3,800 faculty and staff at a large public metropolitan university in Winter 2008. Results: Almost half (48%) of 806 respondents had a high BMI. Compared
more » ... o normal weight respondents, high BMI respondents consumed fewer fruits and vegetables (p < .05), were less confident in making healthful food choices (p < .001), and were more influenced by food choices available in oncampus dining facilities (p < .05). Conclusions: Obesity among university employees warrants attention. Since these employees have less self-efficacy and consume less healthful diets than their normal weight colleagues, universities need to improve on-campus access to healthful foods.
doi:10.1080/07448481.2010.502203 pmid:21186451 fatcat:nuf3gukmfraazmrv2rv3qy2bge