PREDICTORS OF BINGE EATING BEHAVIOR AND PERCEIVED HEALTH: SIMILARITIES BETWEEN WHITE AND BLACK COLLEGE MEN
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Obesity is a significant public health concern that is associated with poorer mental and physical health outcomes and approximately 41% of college men are overweight or obese. Given the impact of obesity in this population, research should focus on antecedents to obesity as well as factors that may influence treatment-seeking. Therefore, the present dissertation conducted two separate but related studies to examine predictors of binge eating behaviors and perceived health. The literature is limited on its understanding of these factors among college men, specifically those from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds; thus, both studies also examined racial differences between White and Black college men. An anonymous online survey was completed by 591 college men (383 White and 208 Black) to test hypothesized models. Structural invariance analyses indicated statistical similarities between the path coefficients of White and Black college men for both models, indicating racial similarities in correlates of binge eating and perceived health. Findings have important implications for interventions and health education efforts for college men. Additional research is warranted to clarify the findings and enhance our understanding of binge eating and perceived health among college men.
Binge EatingCollege MenPerceived HealthRace
Gil-Rivas, VirginiaWebb, JenniferFitchett, Paul
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2021.
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