Wesley College students Christine Rojas and Karri-Jo Walls completed a weight and diet behavior survey on Wesley’s undergraduate population that appeared in the June issue of the American Journal of Health Sciences.
The peer-reviewed publication published the survey results that showed 29.5% of the Wesley undergraduate respondents are overweight and 19.8% are obese. Further analyses indicate that students who follow the USDA guidelines for recommended daily portions of fruit and dairy have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who do not.
Wesley professor Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza is principal author of this article and Wesley professors Dr. Derald Wentzien and Dr. Lynn Everett are co-authors. Rojas completed her work as part of the directed research program while Walls completed her project as part of her senior-thesis research.
The STEM undergraduate research program is sponsored by an Institutional Development Award from the National Institute of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (INBRE grant no. P20GM103446, DE-INBRE program), a National Science Foundation (NSF)-EPSCoR award (grant no. IIA-1301765, DE-EPSCoR program), a NSF American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant (no. 0960503), a NSF S-STEM grant (no. 1355554, Cannon Scholars program) and the State of Delaware (DEDO program).
In response to this publication, Wesley’s Dean of Students, Wanda Anderson, has initiated the development of a committee to look for ways to build a healthier undergraduate community.