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Alternative High School Students: Prevalence and Correlates of Overweight

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Objective : To determine prevalence and correlates of overweight among adolescents attending alternative high schools (AHS).

Methods : AHS students (n=145) from 6 schools completed surveys and anthropometric measures. Cross-sectional associations were assessed using mixed model multivariate logistic regression.

Results : Among students, 42 were overweight, with female, low-income and racial/ethnic minorities disproportionately affected. The odds of being overweight were significantly associated with self-described health status, social support, family meals, intentions to eat healthy at school, and use of healthy weight management strategies.

Conclusions : Overweight was prevalent among AHS students and requires further study. Correlates provide targets for future research.
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Keywords: adolescents; alternative high schools; at risk youth; overweight

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN.

Publication date: 2009-09-01

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