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Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Weight-Control Behaviors Among US Youth

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Objective: To examine the relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and weight control behaviors among youth. Methods: Data (N=16,262) were derived from the 1997 national school-based Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Results: Results indicated that adolescents in this study, especially females, were at risk for inadequate fruit and vegetable intake. Weight-control behaviors were high especially among females. Conclusion: Although some weight-control behaviors may be hazardous, adolescents who were practicing weight-control behaviors engaged in the positive dietary behavior of consuming more servings of fruits and vegetables.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Indiana State University, School of Physical Education, Indianapolis, IN. 2: Department of Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation and Dance, The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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