Fruit and vegetable consumption and sports participation among UK Youth

Publication type

Journal Article

Published in

International Journal of Public Health

Authors

Kareena McAloney, Hilary Graham, Catherine Law, Lucinda Platt, Heather Wardle and Julia Hall

Publication date

Summary

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.

Volume and page numbers

59, 117-121

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00038-013-0523-9

ISSN

16

Subjects

Young People, Well Being, Health and Sport

Notes

Not held in Research Library - bibliographic reference only