Alternative high school students: prevalence and correlates of overweight

Am J Health Behav. 2009 Sep-Oct;33(5):600-9. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.33.5.13.


Objective: To determine prevalence and correlates of overweight among adolescents attending alternative high schools (AHS).

Methods: AHS students (n=145) from 6 schools completed surveys and anthropometric measures. Cross-sectional associations were assessed using mixed model multivariate logistic regression.

Results: Among students, 42% were overweight, with female, low-income and racial/ethnic minorities disproportionately affected. The odds of being overweight were significantly associated with self-described health status, social support, family meals, intentions to eat healthy at school, and use of healthy weight management strategies.

Conclusions: Overweight was prevalent among AHS students and requires further study. Correlates provide targets for future research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minnesota / epidemiology
  • Overweight / epidemiology*
  • Prevalence
  • Schools
  • Social Environment
  • Students*
  • Young Adult