Alternative high school students: prevalence and correlates of overweight.

Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: To determine prevalence and correlates of overweight among adolescents attending alternative high schools (AHS). METHODS: AHS students (n=145) from 6 schools completed surveys and anthropometric measures. Cross-sectional associations were assessed using mixed model multivariate logistic regression. RESULTS: Among students, 42% were overweight, with female, low-income and racial/ethnic minorities disproportionately affected. The odds of being overweight were significantly associated with self-described health status, social support, family meals, intentions to eat healthy at school, and use of healthy weight management strategies. CONCLUSIONS: Overweight was prevalent among AHS students and requires further study. Correlates provide targets for future research.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kubik, MY; Davey, C; Fulkerson, JA; Sirard, J; Story, M; Arcan, C

Published Date

  • September 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 600 - 609

PubMed ID

  • 19296750

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-7359

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1087-3244

Language

  • eng