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A comparison of white and Hispanic body perception

This study examines the differences in body mass index (BMI) and body perception between White and Hispanic female students attending California State University, Fresno. White and Hispanic/Latino cultures have differing ideals of body size. This study examines the impact diet, physical activity, and race has on BMI and body perception. This study utilizes secondary data from the 2007 National Collegiate Health Assessment, a Web-based survey administered to randomly selected CSU, Fresno students. Data regarding height, weight, diet, physical activity level, body perception and race will be used for purpose of this study. The benefits of this study are greater knowledge of differences in ethnicity with respect to BMI and body perception as well as the possibility to identify needed resources for students on the university campus. There is minimal risk associated with this study as students cannot be identified based on responses.

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