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Assessing the effects of the holidays on body composition and weight change using air displacement plethysmography

by Larson, Jessyka Nicholle

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This study was conducted to determine the change in weight and body composition over a 6-week holiday period. Change in body composition was measured using air displacement plethysmography technology (Bod Pod®). Thirteen men and 21 women ranging in age from 23-61 years were participants for this study. Baseline testing occurred the week of Thanksgiving Day (November 24 or 25), and the post-holiday assessment was the week after Utah State University's holiday break (January 5 or 6). Results from a nutrition and exercise questionnaire revealed a significant difference between pre-holiday and post-holiday consumption of vegetables (8.6 ± 8.3 vs. 6.2 ± 4.0), special holiday foods (1.6 ± 1.9 vs. 2.5 ± 2.1), regular soda (1.5 ± 2.2 vs. 2.2 ± 2.6), and social gatherings attended (1.6 ± 1.5 vs. 2.2 ± 1.7). There was also a statistically significant decline in the number of days per week individuals exercised pre-holiday (3.7 ± 2.0 day/week) versus post-holiday (2.6 ± 2.3 day/week). Despite these differences, there was no statistically significant difference between pre-holiday weight (74.0 ± 17.8 kg) and post-holiday weight (73.9 ± 18.1 kg), nor between pre-holiday body fat percentage (25.4 ± 9.0%) and post-holiday body fat percentage (25.4 ± 8.9%).
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School:Utah State University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:bod pod holidays weight gain

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Date of Publication:05/01/2009

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