ERIC Number: ED382599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Adolescent Nutrition and Physical Fitness. Selected Indicators. Findings for 9th-12th Grade Students from the 1993 North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Mikow, Victoria A.
A survey of 2,439 high school students (the 1993 Youth Risk Behavior Survey) in North Carolina found that students present a mixed picture of healthy and risky physical, nutritional, and weight management practices. The survey examined perception of body weight; weight control by gender; method of weight control; consumption of fruit or fruit juice, vegetables, fatty meats, other fatty foods, and sweets; aerobic exercise; toning or strengthening exercise; number of days participated in school physical education classes; and number of school and nonschool sports teams. Findings show that, while a large proportion of students are practicing healthy behaviors, a nearly equal proportion of students have established some high risk health behaviors. Over half of all female students were trying to lose weight, compared to one in five male students. Weight management behaviors included exercise, dieting, vomiting, and diet pills. Large numbers of respondents reported not eating any fruit or vegetables on the day prior to the survey, and they tended to eat a lot of fatty meats and sweets. About one in five students reported not exercising at all during the week prior to the survey. Over half did not participate in any physical education classes. Selected questions from the survey questionnaire are appended. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Development Services.
Identifiers: North Carolina