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Diet, physical activity, and obesity in school-aged indigenous youths in northern australia.
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PMID:  22720140     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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Purpose. To examine the relationship between diet, physical activity, and obesity in Indigenous youths from northern Australia. Methods. In a cross-sectional study, physical activity and dietary intake ("short nutrition questionnaire") were assessed among all youths during a face-to-face interview. For 92 high school youths, additional dietary information was assessed using a food-frequency questionnaire. Height and weight were measured and BMI was calculated. Multiple logistic regression was used to assess associations. Results. Of the 277 youths included, 52% had ≤2 servings of fruit and 84% had <4 servings of vegetables per day; 65% ate fish and 27%, take-away food ("fast food") at least twice a week. One in four ate local traditional sea food including turtle and dugong (a local sea mammal) at least twice a week. Overweight/obese youths engaged in fewer days of physical activity in the previous week than normal weight youths (OR = 2.52, 95% CI 1.43-4.40), though patterns of physical activity differed by sex and age (P < 0.001). Overweight/obese youths were 1.89 times (95% CI 1.07-3.35) more likely to eat dugong regularly than nonobese youths. Analysis of food-frequency data showed no difference by weight assessment among high-school students. Conclusions. Low fruit and vegetable intake were identified in these Indigenous youths. Regular consumption of fried dugong and low frequency of physical activity were associated with overweight/obesity reinforcing the need to devise culturally appropriate health promotion strategies and interventions for Indigenous youths aimed at improving their diet and increasing their physical activity.
Authors:
Patricia C Valery; Torukiri Ibiebele; Mark Harris; Adèle C Green; Andrew Cotterill; Aletia Moloney; Ashim K Sinha; Gail Garvey
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-06-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obesity     Volume:  2012     ISSN:  2090-0716     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obes     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-21     Completed Date:  2012-08-23     Revised Date:  2014-02-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101526295     Medline TA:  J Obes     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  893508     Citation Subset:  -    
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G0802468//Medical Research Council
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