Table 2: Mean values of obesity risk reduction behaviors. 

 

Obesity Risk Reduction Behaviors

Mean

SD

Psychological context

 

 

Took time to relax to decrease the amount of stress I feel

2.59

0.89

Took time to relax and improve my emotional well-being (e.g.: social involvement, positive thinking)

2.73

0.91

Physical activity context

 

 

Engaged in at least 1 physically active leisure activity

2.47

1.09

Exercised at least 30 minutes, on 3 to 5 days per week (e.g. walking, biking)

2.41

1.09

Eating context

 

 

Ate home-cooked meals instead of restaurant-prepared foods

3.06

0.88

Limited my portion sizes of foods

2.37

0.93

Used portion size control methods to help decide how much to eat

2.1

1

Followed traditional healthful Chinese food patterns (e.g.: eating more fruits & vegetables, less red meat)

2.81

0.99

Food context

 

 

Ate steamed foods instead of fried foods

2.62

0.91

Used small amounts of oils or fat when preparing or cooking foods

2.96

0.97

Ate at least 3 servings of vegetables per day (1 serving = cup cooked, 1 cup fresh leafy veg.)

2.74

0.95

Ate at least 2 servings of fruits each day (1 serving = 1 medium fruit)

2.56

0.96

Ate at least 3, 1 ounce servings of whole grains per day

2.56

0.99

Made healthier choices at fast food restaurants

2.4

1.04

Ate healthful snacks (e.g.: fruit, nuts, etc.)

2.64

0.93

Ate healthful pre-packaged foods

2.25

0.99

Limited intake of high calorie beverages (e.g.: soft drinks, juice, alcoholic drinks)

2.91

1.07

Knowledge awareness context

 

 

Monitored my body weight

2.55

1.05

Learned about obesity risk and prevention(e.g.: attending seminars, reading health articles, watching health programs on TV)

2.04

1.04

Average of all behaviors (n = 443)

x = 2.57

x = 0.98