Fruit and vegetable consumption and sports participation among UK youth

Kareena McAloney, Hilary Graham, Catherine Law, Lucinda Platt, Heather Wardle, Julia Hall

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Objectives: UK guidelines for youth recommend daily physical activity and five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. This study examined the prevalence and clustering of meeting recommendations among 10- to 15-year old. Methods: Data for 3,914 youth, from the first wave of Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study, were analysed. Clustering was assessed using the observed/expected ratio method. Results: A minority of youth met both recommendations, and these behaviours were clustered. The odds of meeting both recommendations were lower for older youth and for Pakistani and Bangladeshi youth; boys in lower income households were less likely to meet both recommendations. Conclusions: Most youth met neither recommendation and the behaviours clustered with variations by ethnicity and socioeconomic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • diet
  • fruit and vegetables
  • exercise
  • young people
  • UK
  • public health


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