Women who attend two-year colleges may be at greater risk for being overweight and obese than their peers in four-year schools, a new study finds.
Researchers compared weight and other lifestyle factors among men and women attending two-year and four-year colleges. The study included 16,539 students attending 14 two-year colleges and 13 four-year colleges or universities in Minnesota. Through self-reported surveys, study participants noted their weight, physical activity, how much television they watched, how much soda and fast food they consumed, and what methods they used for weight loss.
Women in two-year colleges were more likely to be overweight or obese, engage in less physical activity, watch more television, drink more soda, eat more fast food and use diet pills more than women attending four-year colleges.
However, women in four-year colleges were more apt than those in two-year schools to use potentially harmful methods for weight control such as laxatives, binge eating and vomiting.