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. 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. 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. Most youth met neither recommendation and the behaviours clustered with variations by ethnicity and socioeconomic conditions.
- fruit and vegetables
- young people
- public health
McAloney, K., Graham, H., Law, C., Platt, L., Wardle, H., & Hall, J. (2014). Fruit and vegetable consumption and sports participation among UK youth. International Journal of Public Health , 59(1), 111 –121. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-013-0523-9