Date of Award

Spring 4-1988

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Community & Environmental Health


Community Health Education

Committee Director

Gregory H. Frazer

Committee Member

Colin E. Box

Committee Member

G. Evangeline Yoder

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.C48P67


The purpose of this study was to test the relationship between regular aerobic exercise and body weight. It was the intent of this study to determine if a person who regularly exercises at either high or moderate levels can maintain their body weight at desired levels as specified by the Body Mass Index (BMI). The participants in this study were selected from hospital employees, class members of aerobic classes and/or adult walkers/joggers. There were 38 participants-- 13 males and 25 females.

A self administered questionnaire and a 3-day, 24-hour dietary log were identified to comprise the instrument as well as measures of the socio-economic, demographic, behavioral, educational, physical activity levels of the participants in the study.

The study employed two approaches: (1) a descriptive analysis of the demographic variables, and (2) a statistical analysis utilizing Chi-Square analysis and the t-test to determine relationships between the amount of calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat consumed on the three days.

The Chi-Square test produced the following results: (1) the variable sex was the most significant predictor of body weight; and (2) sex, eating balanced meals, and height were identified as significant predictors of weight. The t-test revealed no significant difference between the amount of calories, percentage of calories from protein, the percentage of calories from carbohydrates, and the percentage of calories from fats consumed on three days.


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