Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Gender Differences in Nutrition Intake among Southern Rural Adolescents

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Gender Differences in Nutrition Intake among Southern Rural Adolescents

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Lori W. Turner, Mike Young, M. Allison Ford, and Ling Ting, University of Arkansas--Fayetteville

The U.S. government has outlined several health initiatives to reduce the incidences of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. Several national health objectives are nutrition-related and recommend that Americans consume five or more servings of fruits and vegetables and 2 or more servings of milk products in their diets daily. One national survey reports that 45% of Americans consume no servings of fruit and 22% consume no vegetables on a typical day; national surveys also reveal low intakes of dairy products among adolescents, particularly girls. Food preferences and eating behaviors become established during childhood and adolescence where they persistent into adulthood. The purpose of this study was to examine gender differences in fruit and vegetable intake and dairy product intake among a rural sample of adolescents in a southern region. This was part of a larger student, undertaken at the school's request, to examine various aspects of health behavior among students in grades 7--12. …

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