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Fruit and vegetable consumption and sports participation among UK youth

McAloney, Kareena, Graham, Hilary, Law, Catherine, Platt, Lucinda ORCID: 0000-0002-8251-6400, Wardle, Heather and Hall, Julia (2014) Fruit and vegetable consumption and sports participation among UK youth. International Journal of Public Health, 59 (1). pp. 117-121. ISSN 1661-8556

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s00038-013-0523-9


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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Additional Information: © 2013 Swiss School of Public Health
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I0 - General > I00 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I12 - Health Production: Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Suicide, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2014 10:23
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 01:45
Funders: Public Health Research Consortium, Department of Health (DH) Policy Research Programme

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