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UNIVERSITY FEMALE UNDERGRADUATES’ LEVEL OF AWARENESS OF MID-AGE MORPHOLOGIC EXPANSION AMONG NIGERIAN FEMALE ADULT POPULATION

Keywords: Female undergraduate students , awareness level , mid-age , morphologic expansion , Nigerian female adults.

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The paper assessed undergraduate female students’ level of awareness about Nigerian women’s mid-age morphologic expansion. A three-stage stratified cluster sampling was adopted in selecting 2,272 students as the sample from six tertiary institutions in South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria. The students’ ages ranged from 17-38 years (mean age=24 years; SD=6.2). A validated questionnaire was theinstrument for the data collection. The results show that 2,160 students attested to their level of awareness while only 112 of them showed levels of unawareness of Nigeria women’s mid-age morphologic expansion. The roles of diet psychological orientation and activity patterns in eight gains by Nigerian women at mid0age weresubstantially reported as the causative factors. It is expected therefore that health care provider in Nigeria would create an enabling environment that encourages the attainment and maintenance of women’s mid-age healthy weight, healthful dietary patterns, and regular physical activity.

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