The RHAYA lab is preparing to administer a pilot longitudinal online survey study titled, “Biobehavioral, Social-contextual, and Psychosocial Processes Underlying Co-occurring Obesity and E-cigarette/Vaping Use”.
With large amounts of time spent on technological devices and the convenience of processed foods, it has become increasingly difficult for young adults to offset obesity. A growing concern is that overweight or obese young adults are engaging in other health-risk behaviors that may have an increased detrimental effect on their health. Recent research has shown that overweight and obese adolescents and young adults are at risk for becoming cigarette smokers. Although public health efforts have done much to decrease the popularity of cigarettes, the recent emergence of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS; e-cigarette/vaping use) is leading to renewed popularity of tobacco use. ENDS products may move tobacco use back into the social norm, especially among college campuses where tobacco use has seen a significant decrease. Overweight and obese students may be especially vulnerable to e-cigarette/vaping use because they may perceive it as a way to manage their weight or appear more ‘cool’. This is a critical time for examining e-cigarette/vaping use among young adults and its co-occurrence with other health-risks like obesity since little is known about motivations for use and its ultimate impact on health.
In the 2018-2019 academic year, the RHAYA lab will survey a sample of close to 500 California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) undergraduates on various health-risk behaviors.