Dietary intake, activity patterns and weight status of adolescents in economically disadvantaged communities
Dietary intake, activity patterns and weight status of 477 grade six students were assessed as part of the longitudinal prevention project, Better Beginnings, Better Futures. Over 1/3 (36.7%) of adolescents did not eat breakfast everyday and 18.9% did not meet Canada's Food Guide for any food groups. The proportion of adolescents >=Dietary Reference Intakes for energy, fiber, calcium and folate was <34%, <3%, <17%, and <43%, respectively. Participation rates for most physical activities were low. Males (62.1%) were more likely to play computer/video games "4 or more times a week" than females ([chi]2 = 39.4; p < .001). Both males (34.1%) and females (39.2%) were >=85th percentile for BMI. Self-reported measures were not valid; only 50% and 82.6% of respondents were accurate within 5% of measured weight and height, respectively. Overall, negative health behaviours are present and should be targeted for improvement.