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Relationship between adolescents' and their friends' eating behaviors: breakfast, fruit, vegetable, whole-grain, and dairy intake.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23017570     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
We examined associations between adolescents' and their friends' healthy eating behaviors, specifically breakfast, fruit, vegetable, whole-grain, and dairy food intake as reported by both adolescents and their friends. Data for this study were drawn from EAT-2010 (Eating and Activity among Teens), a population-based study examining multilevel factors of eating, physical activity, and weight-related outcomes among adolescents (80% racial/ethnic minority) in Minneapolis/St Paul, MN, during the 2009-2010 academic year. In-class surveys were completed by 2,043 adolescents in 20 schools. Adolescents identified friends from a class roster; friends' survey data were then linked to each participant. Generalized estimating equation linear regression models were used to examine associations between adolescents' healthy eating behaviors and these behaviors from their friends (friend group and best friends), adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics. Significant positive associations were found for breakfast eating between adolescents and their friend groups and best friends (friend groups β=.26, P<0.001; best friends β=.19, P=0.004), as well was for whole-grain intake (friend groups β=.14, P<0.001; best friends β=.13, P=0.003) and dairy food intake (friend groups β=.08, P=0.014; best friends β=.09, P=0.002). Adolescents' and their best friends' vegetable intake were also significantly related (β=.09, P=0.038). No associations were seen among friends for fruit intake. Findings from our study suggest that adolescent friends exhibit similarities in healthy eating patterns. Registered dietitians and health professionals may consider developing strategies to engage friends to promote adolescents' healthy dietary behaviors.
Authors:
Meg Bruening; Marla Eisenberg; Richard MacLehose; Marilyn S Nanney; Mary Story; Dianne Neumark-Sztainer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics     Volume:  112     ISSN:  2212-2672     ISO Abbreviation:  J Acad Nutr Diet     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-28     Completed Date:  2012-12-04     Revised Date:  2013-10-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101573920     Medline TA:  J Acad Nutr Diet     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1608-13     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. meg.bruening@asu.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior*
Adolescent Psychology*
Cereals
Dairy Products
Diet / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Feeding Behavior / psychology*
Female
Friends / psychology*
Fruit
Health Promotion / organization & administration
Humans
Male
Peer Group*
Questionnaires
Social Behavior
Vegetables
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
R01 HL084064/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS; R01 HL084064-01A2/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS; R01HL084064/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS; R21 HD058707/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; U01 HD061940/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; U01HD061940/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
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