The Effects Of Physical Inactivity On College Students

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Recent research suggests that approximately 36.7% of all college students are overweight/obese, with numerous at risk for weight gain throughout the college years (McDaniel, Melton, & Langdon, 2013). “Emerging adults, such as students transitioning from home to a collegiate environment, savor the independence and responsibility of making their own decisions” (Musselman & Rtledge, 2010). Such autonomy can lead to poor dietary choices and physical inactivity. Sustained over the college years, these lifestyles might explain the disadvantageous weight gain observed in the collegiate population (Sharifirad, Charkazi, Tashi, Shahnazi, & Bahador, 2011). Therefore, physical inactivity is one of the main contributors to the increased risk of weight gain and prevalence of overweight and obese individuals in this population. Also approximately 66% of Americans are overweight or obese (Ebben & Brudzynski, 2008). These high percentage rates may be due to the fact that 85% of Americans do not participate in regular vigorous exercise. Furthermore, physical activity levels decline throughout the life cycle with the largest rate of decline in young adulthood periods (Greene, White, Hoerr, Lohse, Schembre, Riebe, & Patterson, 2012). While, only 50% of college students meet recommendations for physical activity although mortality is higher for those who do not maintain regular physical activity as they age (Ferrara, 2009; Magoc, Tomaka, & Bridges-Arzaga, 2011). Studies have found that
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