Secular trends in weight status and weight-related attitudes and behaviors in adolescents from 1999 to 2010.

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OBJECTIVE: To examine secular trends from 1999 to 2010 in weight status and weight-related attitudes and behaviors among adolescents. METHODS: A repeated cross-sectional design was used. Participants were from Minneapolis/St. Paul middle schools and high schools and included 3072 adolescents in 1999 (mean age 14.6 ± 1.8) and 2793 adolescents in 2010 (mean age 14.4 ± 2.0). Trends in weight-related variables were examined using inverse probability weighting to control for changes in socio-demographics over time. RESULTS: The prevalence of obesity among boys increased by 7.8% from 1999 to 2010, with large ethnic/racial disparities. In black boys the prevalence of obesity increased from 14.4% to 21.5% and among Hispanic boys, obesity prevalence increased from 19.7% to 33.6%. Trends were more positive among girls: weight status did not significantly increase, perceptions of overweight status were more accurate, the use of healthy weight control behaviors remained high, dieting decreased by 6.7%, unhealthy weight control behaviors decreased by 8.2% and extreme weight control behaviors decreased by 4.5%. CONCLUSIONS: Trends indicate a need to intensify efforts to prevent obesity and other weight-related problems, particularly for boys from ethnic/racial minorities. The decreases in unhealthy weight control behaviors among girls are encouraging.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Neumark-Sztainer, D; Wall, MM; Larson, N; Story, M; Fulkerson, JA; Eisenberg, ME; Hannan, PJ

Published Date

  • January 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 77 - 81

PubMed ID

  • 22024221

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3266744

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-0260

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.10.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States