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Am J Health Behav. 2009 Sep-Oct;33(5):600-9.

Alternative high school students: prevalence and correlates of overweight.

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  • 1University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA. kubik002@umn.edu

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.

PMID:
19296750
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