Metabolic syndrome, obesity, and related risk factors among college men and women.

Academic Article


  • OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to characterize the prevalence of overweight/obesity, metabolic syndrome (MbS) and its criteria, and nutrient intakes of college-age men and women via a large-scale screening. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: From August 2005 to July 2008, 2,722 subjects were recruited for the ongoing, cross-sectional Young Adult Health Risk Screening Initiative project. Anthropometric, biochemical, clinical, and dietary data were collected. RESULTS: Approximately one-half of men and more than one-quarter of women were overweight or obese. MbS was identified in 9.9% of men and 3.0% of women; 77% of men and 54% of women had at least 1 MbS criterion. Intakes of saturated fat, magnesium, and fiber, as well as body mass index and reported physical activity levels were related to MbS. CONCLUSIONS: Because of high rates of overweight/obesity and MbS, college-age adults are at risk for developing chronic diseases including diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease.
  • Authors

  • Morrell, Jesse
  • Lofgren, Ingrid E
  • Burke, Joanne
  • Reilly, Ruth A
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • 2012
  • Published In


  • Adolescent
  • Biomarkers
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • New Hampshire
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Obesity
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Students
  • Universities
  • Young Adult
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 22171733
  • Start Page

  • 82
  • End Page

  • 89
  • Volume

  • 60
  • Issue

  • 1