Alternative high school students: prevalence and correlates of overweight.
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.
Kubik, MY; Davey, C; Fulkerson, JA; Sirard, J; Story, M; Arcan, C
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