Alternative High School Students: Prevalence and Correlates of Overweight
Authors: Kubik, Martha Y.; Davey, Cynthia; Fulkerson, Jayne A.; Sirard, John; Story, Mary; Arcan, Chrisa
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 33, Number 5, September 2009 , pp. 600-609(10)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract: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.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN.
Publication date: September 2009
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