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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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111 –121
Number of pages11
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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