|dc.description.abstract||This study used archival data collected from the 2005 Psychosocial Barriers to
Healthy Behaviors in College Students Project at a mid size, public university in the
southwestern region of the United States. A phenomenological approach was used to
analyze nine focus groups for barriers, sociocultural influences, locus of control, and
sources of health information, concerning healthy weight behaviors among college
women 18 and 44 years of age. Six research questions were developed to complete the
Focus group data were transcribed from audio recordings, audited using video
recordings, and coded. Then, the long table method was used to generate themes.
Additionally, video recordings were analyzed for body dynamics.
Five overarching themes were found. Additionally, results show that internal
conflict and the internalization of cultural norms may play a major role in participants'
ability to control healthy weight behaviors. Creating studies that seek to understand the
multitude of factors that influence weight behaviors will help researchers understand and
alleviate the current obesity epidemic.||en_US