ERIC Number: EJ876664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Does Weight Status Influence Weight-Related Beliefs and the Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Fast Food Purchases in Adolescents?
Hearst, Mary O.; Pasch, Keryn E.; Fulkerson, Jayne A.; Lytle, Leslie A.
Health Education Journal, v68 n4 p284-295 2009
Objective: To determine if weight status affects the relationship between weight-related beliefs and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and fast and convenience store food purchases (FCFP). Design: Observational, cross-sectional. Setting: Twin Cities Metropolitan area, Minnesota, USA. Methods: Body composition and psychosocial survey were obtained for 345 adolescents. General Linear Models tested adjusted (age and sex) associations between weight-related beliefs and consumption of SSB and FCFP. Significant associations were tested for moderation by weight status. Results: SSB was positively related to perceptions that people worry too much about their weight ([beta] = 0.103, p = 0.016), with no moderation present. FCFP were positively associated to perceived barriers to maintaining a healthy weight ([beta] = 0.042, p = 0.004) with a subsequent significant interaction by weight status. Stratified models showed a significant association between perceived barriers to a healthy weight and FCFP for overweight adolescents ([beta] = 0.345, p = 0.022). Conclusions: Addressing perceived barriers to a healthy diet may lead to important risk reduction. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Body Composition, Food, Risk, Adolescents, Metropolitan Areas, Body Weight, Beliefs, Eating Habits, Barriers, Adolescent Attitudes, Surveys, Correlation, Models, Health Behavior, Health Related Fitness, Child Health, Health Promotion, Cohort Analysis, Longitudinal Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota