McAloney, Kareena, Graham, Hilary, Law, Catherine, Platt, Lucinda, Wardle, Heather and Hall, Julia (2013) Fruit and vegetable consumption and sports participation among UK youth. International Journal of Public Health, Online . ISSN 1661-8556
Objectives: UK guidelines for youth recommend daily physical activity and five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. This study examined the prevalence and clustering of meeting recommendations among 10- to 15-year old. Methods: Data for 3,914 youth, from the first wave of Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study, were analysed. Clustering was assessed using the observed/expected ratio method. Results: A minority of youth met both recommendations, and these behaviours were clustered. The odds of meeting both recommendations were lower for older youth and for Pakistani and Bangladeshi youth; boys in lower income households were less likely to meet both recommendations. Conclusions: Most youth met neither recommendation and the behaviours clustered with variations by ethnicity and socioeconomic conditions.
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