Publication Date

1983

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Winsor, Helen Bruce

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Home Economics

LCSH

Weight loss--Psychological aspects||Youth--Illinois--Downers Grove--Attitudes||High school students--Health and hygiene--Illinois--Downers Grove

Abstract

Weight-control programs utilizing behavior modification techniques have been shown to be effective with adults and college students. It appears that high school students would also benefit from a similar program. The purpose of this research project was to determine the attitudes toward nutrition and interest in weight control by adolescents 14-17 years of age at Downers Grove South High School in Downers Grove, Illinois. A sample of 285 students in grades 9-12 were surveyed with a paper-and- pencil questionnaire incorporating a Likert-type rating scale of attitudes. The results indicate that most students understand the relationship between exercise and good health. Substantially fewer students made an association between good nutrition and good health. Nearly half of the students perceive themselves as being overweight by 5 pounds or more, even though the heights and weights of the sample correlate with the national norms for that age group. Approximately a third of the sample indicated an interest in a class which incorporates a weight-control program.

Comments

Bibliography: leaf 37.

Extent

vi, 37 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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