Introduction: Weight gain by students moving from one educational level to the
other for the first time is of increasing public health concern. The perception of an
individual's body weight aids in understanding and envisaging weight reduction
practices among adults (Wang, Liang, & Chen, 2009). School/college
environments are particularly at risk of this phenomenon because students may
not have the time to pay particular attention to physical health as a result of heavy
academic work-load. Davila et al. (2014) declared that unhealthy weight loss
practices (e.g., fasting, vomiting, taking diet pills, and laxatives) are common
among tertiary students worldwide.
Objective: The main objective of the study was to examine weight loss practices
and factors associated with such practices among post-graduate students in the
University of Ghana, in order to inform the design of future interventions.
Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study involving a target sample size of
211 post-graduate students was carried out at the University of Ghana, in Accra.
Multistage sampling technique was used to select post-graduate students in the
various colleges at the University. Questionnaires were administered to these
post-graduate students and data on factors associated with trying to lose weight
and weight lost practices were collected. The analysis involved the use of chisquare tests to describe simple relationships and multivariable logistic regression
for independent and dichotomous dependent variables to quantify associations.
Results: A total of 211 post-graduate students were recruited and used for
analysis. The overall prevalence of trying to lose weight in the previous year was
83.4% among post-graduate students. Almost 1 in 5 practiced unhealthy weight
loss. Also, 36.0% of the participants perceive themselves as underweight, 22.8%
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