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De Moraes A.C.F.,Epidemiology of Physical Activity Research Group | De Moraes A.C.F.,Exercise and Metabolism Research Group | Fernandes R.A.,São Paulo State University | Christofaro D.G.D.,Exercise and Metabolism Research Group | And 7 more authors.
International Journal of Public Health | Year: 2010

Objectives: To investigate the nutrition-related habits (NRH) of Brazilian adolescents and evaluate the associations with risk factors. Methods: Cross-sectional school-based was carried out among high school adolescents aged 14-18 years (n = 1,759) from public and private schools from two cities. The NRH were investigated by the weekly consumption of vegetables, fruit, sweet food and fried food. Risk factors investigated were: city, sex, age, socioeconomic status and nutritional status. In statistics, Poisson regression was used with robust variance adjustment. Results: Data indicated low consumption of fruits and vegetables, 70.0 and 71.0%, respectively, and high consumption of sweets and fried food, 66.7 and 63%, respectively. Boys showed risk of inadequate intake of vegetables [prevalence ratios (PR) 1.10, 95% CI 1.01-1.16] and fruit (PR 1.09, 95% CI 1.01-1.16). Furthermore, adolescents who live in Maringá had greater likelihood of consuming vegetables and fruit (20 and 25%, respectively). However, they presented risk of inadequate consumption of sweets (PR 1.19, 95% CI 1.11-1.28) for adolescents who live in Presidente Prudente. Conclusion: We concluded that inadequate NRH show high prevalence among adolescents and indicate the need to employ educational strategies that promote the adoption of more healthy habits and behaviors. © Swiss School of Public Health 2010.

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