Accession Number : ADA476064


Title :   Demographic, Psychological, and Weight-Related Correlates of Weight Control Behaviors Among Active Duty Military Personnel


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD DEPT OF MEDICAL AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY


Personal Author(s) : Seibert, Crescent A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a476064.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 126


Abstract : Studies have shown that weight control behavior use among military personnel is highly prevalent. However, the factors associated with engaging in these behaviors remain unexplored. Active duty personnel (N = 3,391) from several U.S. military installations voluntarily completed an anonymous questionnaire assessing weight control behavior use (e.g., vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, diet pills) prior to weigh-in/ physical readiness testing. The majority of participants were enlisted (92.2%), Navy (78.0%), Caucasian (59.2%) men (79.7%). Nearly 23% of the respondents reported engaging in weight control behaviors prior to weigh-in/physical fitness testing. Both weight-related factors and psychological factors were associated with increased odds of engaging in weight control behaviors. Except for body mass index, the associations between demographic factors and use of weight control behaviors, although significant had small effect sizes. Implications for military weight management programs and future research are discussed.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *QUESTIONNAIRES , *WEIGHT REDUCTION , EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN , MILITARY STANDARDS , BODY WEIGHT , THESES , ACTIVE DUTY , PHYSICAL FITNESS , DIET


Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE