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Am J Health Behav. 2011 Jul;35(4):496-506.

Correlates of overweight status in Chinese youth: an East-West paradox.

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University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Institute for Prevention Research, Alhambra, CA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the odds of overweight and related correlates in Chinese adolescents.

METHOD:

Cross-sectional study in 9023 adolescents.

RESULTS:

Chinese youth were more likely to be overweight if they spent more time being sedentary; slept <7 hours/night; were male; were younger; participated more in vigorous physical activity; and had higher levels of parental education, a higher frequency of vegetable intake, and a lower frequency of sweet/fast food intake.

CONCLUSIONS:

Overweight-related correlates seem to play different roles in the Chinese culture than in Western cultures. This may be due to culture-specific perceptions and changes in lifestyle accompanying socioeconomic transitions.

PMID:
22040595
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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