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College girls addicted to dieting: Study

A survey says that college girls go on diets to control their weight even when they are normal.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 11:30 IST

If you thought only overweight women went on diets, well then think again, for a new survey has found that 83 per cent of college girls go on diets to control their weight, regardless of whether they are normal weight, overweight or obese.

The survey, by a team of researchers led by Brenda Malinauskas from East Carolina University, USA, was conducted on 185 college girls who were asked about their weight perception, dieting practices and physical activity.

The researchers found that not only had 83 percent of the girls reported trying to control their weight or having tried to control their weight.

The survey also showed that 9 percent of college girls turn to smoking as a way to lose weight, and that 32 percent of them skip breakfast.

The team found that only 19 percent of college girls exercise enough to promote weight loss.

The study is published in the open access journal Nutrition Journal.