Weight and Eating Behavior Perceptions in Urban Public and Suburban Private Workforce Samples

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158514
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Weight and Eating Behavior Perceptions in Urban Public and Suburban Private Workforce Samples
Abstract:
Weight and Eating Behavior Perceptions in Urban Public and Suburban Private Workforce Samples
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2005
Author:Wierenga, Mary, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Title:Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI, 53201, USA
Contact Telephone:414 229 6098
Co-Authors:Snyder Ann, PhD, Professor; Cashin Susan, PhD, Assistant Professor; and Sandra Plach, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor
Excess weight is related to numerous chronic illnesses and cost the
nation billions of dollars in health care cost each year. The purpose of
this study was to examine differences in perceptions of weight and eating
patterns, including interest in joining a program on eating and weight
management, between urban public and suburban private workforce samples
and determine the appropriateness of a screening tool for identifying
participants for weight management programs. Due to the proven success of
work based programs, one of the goals of Healthy People 2010 is to
increase the number of worksites offering weight managements programs.
Volunteers (N=622) attending an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
orientation in an urban public or suburban private worksite completed a
Health Screening Survey. The two samples demonstrated similar concerns
about weight management but differed in feeling guilty about their weight,
waking up wanting to eat, and interest in changing their eating habits.
Importantly, 50% and 45% of the sample were interested in changing their
eating habits or joining a weight management program. Regression analyses
indicated that wanting to lose weight and feeling guilty were significant
in predicting interest in joining a program to improve eating behaviors.
The results of this study indicate that employees feel the need to lose
weight, health assessment questions may be helpful in determining those
who want to participate in the programs, and employees in urban public
workforce differ from those in suburban private agencies,. Nurses at
worksites or other community agencies can use these findings to identify
potential participants and tailor the program to the type of concerns that
are most prevalent for their participants.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleWeight and Eating Behavior Perceptions in Urban Public and Suburban Private Workforce Samplesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158514-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Weight and Eating Behavior Perceptions in Urban Public and Suburban Private Workforce Samples</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Wierenga, Mary, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI, 53201, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">414 229 6098</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">wierenga@uwm.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Snyder Ann, PhD, Professor; Cashin Susan, PhD, Assistant Professor; and Sandra Plach, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Excess weight is related to numerous chronic illnesses and cost the <br/> nation billions of dollars in health care cost each year. The purpose of <br/> this study was to examine differences in perceptions of weight and eating <br/> patterns, including interest in joining a program on eating and weight <br/> management, between urban public and suburban private workforce samples <br/> and determine the appropriateness of a screening tool for identifying <br/> participants for weight management programs. Due to the proven success of <br/> work based programs, one of the goals of Healthy People 2010 is to <br/> increase the number of worksites offering weight managements programs. <br/> Volunteers (N=622) attending an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) <br/> orientation in an urban public or suburban private worksite completed a <br/> Health Screening Survey. The two samples demonstrated similar concerns <br/> about weight management but differed in feeling guilty about their weight, <br/> waking up wanting to eat, and interest in changing their eating habits. <br/> Importantly, 50% and 45% of the sample were interested in changing their <br/> eating habits or joining a weight management program. Regression analyses <br/> indicated that wanting to lose weight and feeling guilty were significant <br/> in predicting interest in joining a program to improve eating behaviors. <br/> The results of this study indicate that employees feel the need to lose <br/> weight, health assessment questions may be helpful in determining those <br/> who want to participate in the programs, and employees in urban public <br/> workforce differ from those in suburban private agencies,. Nurses at <br/> worksites or other community agencies can use these findings to identify <br/> potential participants and tailor the program to the type of concerns that <br/> are most prevalent for their participants.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:07:56Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:07:56Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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