Doctor of Philosophy
Date of Defense
Roxanne K Vandermause
Background: The prevalence of obesity is increasing among adults in the United States and is related to a high risk to health. Obesity has been linked to lifestyle behaviors such as diet behaviors and physical activity.
Purpose: This study aimed to determine if an association exits between foods prepared outside of the home, walking or biking, vigorous/moderate recreational activities, sociodemographic factors and the outcomes, body mass index, percentage of body fat, and waist circumference.
Method: A secondary analysis was conducted using data from 3942 adults from the U.S. aged 20 years, as recorded in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2017-2018. This study used an independent t-test and two-way MANOVA.
Results: Statistically significant findings are as follows. Walking or biking and vigorous recreational activities were associated with body mass index, percentage of body fat, and waist circumference (PPP
Conclusion: Using lifestyle change to prevent obesity remains the cornerstone of wellness. Further study on lifestyle change that is population based is warranted.
Choupani, Fatemeh, "Diet Behaviors, Physical Activity, and Sociodemographic Factors in a Sample of Racially Diverse Adults: A Secondary Analysis of NHANES (2017-2018) Data" (2020). Dissertations. 987.