Diet and physical activity practices of South Australian adolescents

Jason Blunt, Julia Morris, Josh Trigg

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Abstract

Adequate nutrition and physical activity are integral to health across the life course, with adolescence a crucial time for establishing health behaviours. This report describes self-reported dietary and physical activity behaviours of South Australian adolescents aged 12–17 years (N = 1324) surveyed in 2017. Healthy lifestyle behaviour engagement was low, with most (90.3%) adolescents not meeting Australia's recommended dietary or physical activity guidelines. Almost three-quarters (73.8%) of adolescents consumed the recommended daily amount of fruit. However, only 10.8% of adolescents met the recommended daily intake of vegetables, and large proportions regularly consumed unhealthy snacks (64.5%), fast foods, (30.7%) and sugary drinks (65.8%). Combined with the low adherence to physical activity guidelines, these findings highlight the need for effective targeted health promotion campaigns to improve adolescent's public health outcomes in South Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere04326
Number of pages4
JournalHeliyon
Volume6
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Applied psychology
  • Health education
  • Health psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Public health
  • Well-being

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