Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Frederick A. Ernst

Second Advisor

Dr. Mark Wikel

Third Advisor

Dr. Hassan Ahmad


The terms overweight and obesity are used to identify ranges of body weight that are linked to an increased risk for certain diseases and health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, certain cancers, and others. Current estimates indicate that over two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese while one-third of American children are overweight or obese. Therefore, this has become a significant public health issue. One strategy for combating overweight and obesity is to educate people about nutrition and the nutritional content of the food they consume. Nutrition labeling of prepackaged foods and calorie posting in restaurants are policies implemented to provide people with the needed information to make choices about food purchases. Through a multiple baseline design, this study analyzes the effects of caloric requirements knowledge and awareness of food energy content on calorie intake while self-monitoring in a college sample composed of Hispanic females.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Psychology Commons