Eating habits of young offenders on community orders and associations with overweight and obesity

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Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Nutrition and Dietetics, 2008, 65 (3), pp. 198 - 204
Issue Date:
2008-01
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Aim: The diets of young people are often described as poor, but young offenders may be at particular risk and in need of targeted nutrition education. There are very little data on the nutritional status of young offenders as they are rarely captured in national adolescent samples. This paper describes the food habits of young offenders supervised in the community and the association of food habits with overweight and obesity, and compares these with school-attending adolescents to determine whether they should be specifically targeted for nutrition education. Methods: During 2003â2005, 802 (85% male) young offenders took part in a comprehensive health survey that included interviewer-assisted recall of 11 food items. Height and weight were measured and body mass index calculated.
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