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Activity level and nutrition habits among children and adolescent : A survey study in West Sweden

  • Härgestam, Julia
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Introduction: Children in Sweden have, in general, good health (Heinemans et al., 2013). There is a concern, however, that children and adolescents are becoming less physically active (Berg, 2008). On average, children and adolescents have higher intakes of energy-rich, less nutritional food and lower intakes of fruits and vegetables than is recommended (Warensjö Lemming et al., 2018). Aim: To chart the activity level and dietary habits of children and adolescents in grades 6-9. Method: The study design is a Cross-sectional study, measuring aspect of health and nutrition through a survey. A school in Västra Götaland County with grades 6 to 9 (n = 492) was the study setting, and two classes in each year were chosen to participate in the survey (n = 187). Results: Respondents' activity patterns show that 83.3 percent participated regularly in physical activity classes and were physically active during recesses. Eating breakfast every day was a habit of 58.7 percent of respondents, while 78.7 percent reported eating lunch and 69.3 percent reported eating for dinner / supper each day. Conclusion: This study has identified multiple areas where health improvements can be made, which are described in this report.

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