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Korean J Women Health Nurs. 2007 Dec;13(4):320-326. Korean.
Published online May 22, 2013.
Copyright © 2007 Korean Academy of Women's Health Nursing
Weight Control Behaviors in Female College Students
Eun-Ju Kim,1 and Bok-Kyeong Cha2
1Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Hanseo University, Korea.
2Associate Professor, Graduate School of Health Promotion, Hanseo University, Korea.

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Received Oct 15, 2007; Accepted Dec 05, 2007.



This study was carried out in an attempt to find weight control behaviors (BMI, experiences of weight control, weight control related factors, etc.) of college female students.


The subjects were 596 female students in 104 universities and colleges in Korea. Data was collected by using a questionnaire developed through a pretest.


Seventy five percent of subjects were in the normal range in weight, but 63.8% have experienced weight control behaviors and 58.9% have worried about their weight. Middle and high school was the first time to have concerns about their weight/body image. In addition, the influence towards weight control was mainly by mass communication. Weight control frequency in the most recent most year correlated with concern about weight, first time of weight control, maximum maintaining period of losing weight and BMI.


To ensure resonable body image and weight control behaviors in women, education has to begin in elementary schools. In the case of weight control, scientific and systematic weight reduction programs should be developed.

Keywords: Weight reduction; Female