Gender Differences in the Associations Among Body Mass Index, Weight Loss, Exercise, and Drinking Among College Students Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: To explore gender differences regarding weight management behaviors of college drinkers. PARTICIPANTS: Nationally representative sample of college students from the fall 2008 American College Health Association's National College Health Assessment II (N = 26,062 students). METHODS: Structural equation modeling was used to examine potential gender differences in associations among exercise, weight loss behaviors, and alcohol use. RESULTS: Critical ratio tests revealed that associations between exercise and weight loss behaviors were more strongly correlated among females as compared with males. For females, there was a small negative association between exercise and drinking behaviors; in contrast, for males, there was a positive relationship between exercise and alcohol use. Weight loss behaviors were positively associated with drinking for both female and male students; however, the association was significantly stronger for females. CONCLUSIONS: This investigation furthers previous research on drunkorexia and also sheds additional light on the gender-based differences in weight management behaviors of drinkers.

author list (cited authors)

  • Barry, A. E., Whiteman, S., Piazza-Gardner, A. K., & Jensen, A. C.

citation count

  • 31

publication date

  • October 2013