Student Research Projects

The relationship between stress and weight gain for college students.

Student Samantha Nason, '17
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Psychology
Course PSY 480: Original Research Project


Stress is a common experience that students face throughout their college career, as well as having different influences that can influence weight gain or loss. Participants from Virginia Wesleyan College filled out questionnaires dealing with different kinds of stress, body appreciation and whether or not they have gained/lost weight throughout their college experience. From the data that was collected, there was no significant correlation between stress and weight; however, there was a correlation between perceived stress and common stress, as well as body appreciation and weight gain. Implications from the findings showed that perceived stress and common stress factors influence each other, if students would be able to handle stress better, there would be less likely chance for them to have high stress levels.