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doi: https://doi.org/10.20402/ajbc.2017.0151    [Accepted]
Effects of Weight-loss Knowledge, Attitude, and Motivation on Dietary Habits among College Students in their Twenties
Sol-Ah Kim, Eun-Kyung Sim
Department of Beauty Care, Tongmyong University, Busan, Korea
Corresponding author:  Sol-Ah Kim ,Tel: +82 51 629 2369, Fax: +82 51 629 2019, Email: 1118sim@hanmail.net
Received: June 6, 2017;  Accepted: October 30, 2017.  Published online: February 13, 2018.
This study attempted to investigate the effects of weight-loss knowledge, attitude, and motivation on dietary habits among college students in their 20s. The goal is to help them have correct dietary habits and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In addition, this paper is targeted to provide basic data for an obesity control program.
To examine the weight-loss knowledge, attitude, motivation, and dietary habits among young adults in their twenties, a self-administered questionnaire was conducted, and 267 questionnaires completed by youngsters from Gyeongsangnam-do, Busan, and Seoul were analyzed.
Participants with a high level of weight loss-related knowledge were highly interested in weight loss. They reported that they received information regarding weight loss through mass media and noted a lack of willpower and wrong dietary habits as the reasons for failing to achieve weight loss. Participants from the group that exhibited a statistically significant weight-loss attitude and motivation spent at least 100,000 KRW per month on weight loss, showed a high interest in weight loss, and received weight-loss-related information through mass media. In terms of dietary habits, the group that obtained information regarding weight loss through mass media, acquaintances, and weight-related organizations displayed good dietary habits with a statistical significance. In addition, positive correlations were observed between weight loss attitude and motivation (p<0.01). With regard to impact on dietary habits favoring weight loss, weight loss attitude was more relevant and influential than weight loss motivation and weight loss knowledge (p<0.01).
Weight-loss knowledge had no influence on dietary habits. As weight-loss attitude and motivation increased, better dietary habits were observed.
Key words: Weight-loss knowledge, Attitude, Motivation, Dietary habits, College students
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