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|Title||Weight Reduction Perception and Practice among Female Students in Al-Azhar University-Gaza, Palestine|
Objectives: The present study aimed to determine the frequency of weight reduction perception. Methods: A sample of 467 female students from Al-Azhar University in the Gaza Strip was selected on a convenience basis. Information obtained from the participants included: age, marital status, place of residence, employment status, health status, methods of weight reduction, sources of information about weight control, and current physical activities. Results: The present study found that 38.8% of female students had practiced weight reduction. The most prevailing attitudes for reducing weight described by the students was sports with 83.3%, followed by exclusion of some principal meals or principal nutrients ( 57.8% . It was found that 38.5% of the students did not practice any physical exercise. An inverse association was also present between the satisfaction about body weight and the practice of weight reduction. Conclusion and recommendation: It is concluded that the female students followed unhealthy methods of weight reduction. It is recommended that great efforts be made to spread the awareness of healthy methods of weight reduction among females.
|Series||Volume: 6, Number: 2|
|Publisher||Turkish Journal of Public Health|
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