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The Freshman Weight Gain Phenomenon: Does It Apply To Lebanese Students?

By Suzan A. Haidar, Nanne K. de Vries, Dimitrios Papandreou, Rana Rizk and Mirey Karavetian

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BACKGROUND: When transitioning from high school to university, students tend to gain weight. AIM: The study aimed to identify whether Lebanese students experience weight changes during the transition and to identify predisposing factors. METHODS: Eighty freshman students from four campuses in Lebanon were recruited in October 2015. Students were assessed anthropometrically and biochemically at two-time points, seven months apart. Students filled out questionnaires assessing demographic and lifestyle habits, physical activity levels, nutrition knowledge, sleep quality, and stress. RESULTS: The students gained approximately 4.19 lbs. (1.90 kg). There was a significant increase in waist circumference, blood glucose and triglyceride levels. There were no significant changes in HDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, knowledge score, stress level, physical activity, sleep and lifestyle habits. CONCLUSIONS: Lebanese students do gain weight during their first year of university enrollment. Future research is necessary to assess the reasons for weight gain and develop suitable prevention programs

Topics: Freshman 15, College students, Weight gain, Obesity, Stress
Publisher: 'ID Design 2012/DOOEL Skopje'
Year: 2018
DOI identifier: 10.3889/oamjms.2018.431
OAI identifier: oai:ojs.pkp.sfu.ca:article/2072

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