The Relationship of Dietary Behavior and Multiple Health-risk Behaviors among Adolescents
Objective: In this study, we examined dietary behaviors, specifically adequate fruit and vegeta- ble consumption, relationship to multiple health behaviors among adolescents . Methods: This cross-sectional study of 2015 YRBS data involved calculating odds ratios (ORs) of the predictor variable (fruit and vegetable consumption) and dependent variables (multiple health and risk behaviors) among adolescents (N = 3429). ORs were then adjusted for demographic variables to control for covariates. Results: Physical activity and dietary behaviors had the strongest as- sociation (aOR 4.79 [4.34, 5.29]). Fruit and vegetable intake were also associated with less risk behaviors such as violence, suicidal, and sexual risk behaviors. Conclusions: The results indicate a need to further study dietary intake and relationships with risk behaviors, including analyses of clustering multiple health and risk behaviors.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 2019
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