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Fruit and vegetable consumption and sports participation among UK youth

McAloney, Kareena, Graham, Hilary, Law, Catherine, Platt, Lucinda, 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.

Item Type: Article
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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
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2014 10:23
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 00:47
Funders: Public Health Research Consortium, Department of Health (DH) Policy Research Programme

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