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Overweight and obesity in Canadian adolescents and their associations with dietary habits and physical activity pattern

Creator:

Janseen L. et al

Subject Keywords: A research paper examining overweight and obesity prevalence and its association with dietary habits and leisure-time physical activities.
Set: Obesity
Type: Report
Region: International (other)
Description:

A nationally representative sample of 11-16-year-old adolescents (n = 5890) from the Canadian component of the 2001/02 World Health Organization Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children Survey was used. Height, weight, dietary habits, and leisure-time activities were determined from self-report. Age- and gender-specific prevalence rates of overweight and obesity were calculated based on international body mass index cut-points. Logistic regression was employed to examine the association among measures of overweight, obesity, and lifestyle habits.
Fifteen percent of 11-16-year-old Canadian youth were overweight and 4.6% were obese in 2002. Prevalence rates were greater in boys than girls, but did not vary with age. There were no clear associations observed between dietary habits and measures of overweight and obesity. However, physical activity levels were lower and television viewing times were higher in overweight and obese boys and girls than normal-weight youth.
The results show that prevalence rates of overweight and obesity in Canadian youth are high. It also suggests that physical inactivity and sedentary behaviors are strongly related to obesity in Canadian adolescents.

Date:

01/11/2004

Rights: © 2004 Society for Adolescent Medicine
Suggested citation:

Janseen L. et al. (2004) Overweight and obesity in Canadian adolescents and their associations with dietary habits and physical activity pattern [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/3856 [Accessed: 23rd October 2017].

  

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