Alternative high school students: Prevalence and correlates of overweight

Martha Y Kubik, Cynthia S Davey, Jayne Fulkerson, John Sirard, Mary T Story, Chrisa Arcan

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-609
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Alternative high schools
  • At risk youth
  • Overweight

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