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Nutrition and Weight Management Behaviors: Public and Private High School Adolescents

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Objective: To examine differences in weight control and nutritional behaviors among public (PUBHS) and private (PVTHS) high school students (n=6,627). Methods: The 1995 YRBS was utilized. Chi-square analyses compared PVTHS and PUBHS. Results: PVTHS females were more likely to diet and exercise than PUBHS females (p<.01). PUBHS males were more likely to attempt to gain weight than were PVTHS males (p<.001). PVTHS students were more likely to consume fruit, juice, green salad, and cooked vegetables than were PUBHS students (p<.001). Moreover, PUBHS students were more likely to consume meat and fried foods than were PVTHS students (p<.01). Conclusion: PVTHS students may make healthier choices regarding eating compared to those made by PUBHS students.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.24.3.7

Affiliations: 1: Department of Health and Exercise Science, Furman University, Greenville, SC. 2: Department of Health Promotion and Education, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 3: Department of Health Promotion & Education and Family & Preventive Medicine, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 4: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Family & Preventive Medicine, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Publication date: May 1, 2000

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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