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Can J Diet Pract Res. 2011 Fall;72(3):e155-60.

Clustering of specific health-related behaviours among Toronto adolescents.

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  • 1Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The clustering of specific health-related behaviours was examined among adolescents.

METHODS:

In 2005, cluster analysis was conducted to identify homogeneous groups of Toronto, Ontario, 14- to 17-year-old adolescents (n=445) with similar behaviour patterns according to self-reported measures of moderate to vigorous physical activity (metabolic equivalent [MET] hours a week of MVPA), sedentary behaviours (viewing television or videos, using a computer/the internet, doing homework, and talking with friends), fruit and vegetable consumption, and alcohol consumption.

RESULTS:

Three clusters of adolescents were identified: "active, high screen-time users," "active, low screen-time users," and "less active, least frequent drinkers."

CONCLUSIONS:

Identifying clusters of adolescents with similar health-related behaviour patterns suggests that researchers and practitioners should develop and implement interventions tailored to specific clusters.

PMID:
21896248
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