Associations between physical activity and other health behaviors in a representative sample of US adolescents

Pate, Russell R., Heath, Graham, Dowda, Marsha, & Trost, Stewart G. (1996) Associations between physical activity and other health behaviors in a representative sample of US adolescents. American Journal of Public Health, 86(11), pp. 1577-1581.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES

This study examined the associations between physical activity and other health behaviors in a representative sample of US adolescents.

METHODS

In the 1990 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 11631 high school students provided information on physical activity; diet; substance use; and other negative health behaviors. Logistic regression analyses examined associations between physical activity and other health behaviors in a subset of 2652 high-active and 1641 low-active students.

RESULTS

Low activity was associated with cigarette smoking, marijuana use, lower fruit and vegetable consumption, greater television watching, failure to wear a seat belt, and low perception of academic performance. For consumption of fruit, television watching, and alcohol consumption, significant interactions were found with race/ethnicity or sex, suggesting that sociocultural factors may affect the relationships between physical activity and some health behaviors.

CONCLUSIONS

Low physical activity was associated with several other negative health behaviors in teenagers. Future studies should examine whether interventions for increasing physical activity in youth can be effective in reducing negative health behaviors.

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ID Code: 72247
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: ISI Document Delivery No.: VT363
Times Cited: 223
Cited Reference Count: 26
Pate, RR Heath, GW Dowda, M Trost, SG
Amer public health assn inc
Washington; <Go to ISI>://WOS:A1996VT36300013
Keywords: television, obesity, participation, children, smoking
DOI: 10.2105/ajph.86.11.1577
ISSN: 0090-0036
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 30 May 2014 00:01
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 00:01

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