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Problem Behavior, Victimization, and Soda Intake in High School Students

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Objective: To examine associations of problem behaviors and victimization with nondiet soda intake among a national sample of 16,188 US high school students. Methods: We used the 2009 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The outcome measure was daily nondiet soda intake. Results: Smoking, having any sex partners, not always wearing a seat belt, being bullied/threatened/injured on school property, and being physically hurt by their boyfriend/girlfriend were significantly associated with daily nondiet soda intake after adjustment for age, sex, race/ethnicity, and weight status. Conclusions: Our findings suggest a need to examine why nondiet soda intake is associated with these behaviors to understand potential mechanisms.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA;, Email: 2: Branch Chief, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 3: Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 4: Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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