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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: ENERGY REGULATION DURING THE ADULT LIFESPAN

Location: Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Title: Level of interest in a weight management program among adult U.S. military dependents

Authors
item Bukhari, Asma Sultana -
item Young, Andrew -
item Mcgraw, Susan -
item Roberts, Susan -
item Das, Sai Krupa -

Submitted to: Journal of Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 13, 2013
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Citation: Bukhari, A., Young, A.J., Mcgraw, S.M., Roberts, S.B., Das, S. 2013. Level of interest in a weight management program among adult U.S. military dependents. Journal of Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 27:854.5.

Technical Abstract: There is little information on the extent to which different challenged populations with high rates of overweight and obesity have interest in participating in weight management programs. The purpose of this study was to identify potential rates of enrollment in a weight management program among adult US military dependents. We conducted a cross-sectional survey in adult dependents (N=198; mean =+/- SD, age =34 +/- 8 years, BMI =25.5 +/- 5.5 kg/m2) of US active duty military personnel (ADMP). Responses to a self-administered questionnaire on demographics and level of interest in a weight management program were assessed. Of the respondents 93% were female and 7% were male; 45% of the dependent’s ADMP were officers and 55% were enlisted. There was a strong effect of current weight status on interest in participation, with 71% of obese individuals, 54% of overweight and only 10% of underweight "very likely" to participate (Chi-squared=6.737, p<0.05). These data suggest that there is widespread interest in participation in a weight management program among adult dependents of ADMP who are overweight or obese.

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