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Two-thirds of U.S. high school students trying to lose or maintain weight
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Forty-three percent of U.S. high school students are trying to lose weight and 19 percent are trying to maintain their current weight according to a recent survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 25% of students either overweight or at risk of becoming overweight
Based on self-reported height and weight, 11 percent of students were overweight and another 14 percent were at risk for becoming overweight.
Activities associated with females trying to lose weight
Female students who were trying to lose weight were:
- 50 percent more likely to try vigorous physical activity,
- 120 percent more likely to try strength training, and
- 40 percent more likely to smoke
than female students who were not trying to lose weight.
Activities associated with males trying to lose weight
Male students who were trying to lose weight were:
- 60 percent more likely to try vigorous physical activity,
- 80 percent more likely to try strength training, and
- 50 percent more likely to eat five or more fruits and vegetables per day
than male students who were not trying to lose weight.
Combining diet and exercise: 62% of females, 41% of males
Among students trying to lose or maintain weight, only 62 percent of females and 41 percent of males combined exercise with a reduced fat and calorie diet.
Unhealthy weight loss practices: one-third of females, one-sixth of males
Approximately one-third (32 percent) of females and one-sixth (17 percent) of males used unhealthy weight control methods including fasting, diet pills, vomiting, or laxatives.
Conclusion: Healthy weight loss practices should be promoted among adolescents
“Efforts to promote healthy weight management among adolescents are needed and should place greater emphasis on combining physical activity with a reduced fat and calorie diet, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, and discouraging smoking and other unhealthy weight control practices,” the authors concluded.
Lowry R, Galuska D, Fulton J, Wechsler H, Kann L. Weight management goals and practices among u.s. high school students: associations with physical activity, diet, and smoking. J Adolesc Health. 2002 Aug, 31(2):133-44.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Division of Adolescent and School Health
National Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA
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