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Youth WAVE Screener: Addressing Weight-Related Behaviors With School-Age Children
Detail: Dr. C.R. Isasi and colleagues reported findings of a new study that evaluated the feasibility of using the youth Weight, Activity, Variety, and Excess (WAVE) screener in a classroom setting for assessing student weight control intentions, and the extent to which students used the WAVE strategies to control their weight, in the journal Diabetes Educator.

The study was conducted in an inner-city school located in the Bronx, New York. The Youth WAVE Screener was administered to fifth-grade students. One of the goals of the study was to increase student awareness of snack foods and sugary beverages in relation to weight. 169 students completed the survey. Nearly half of them (77 students) were trying to lose weight. The findings indicate that students who were trying to lose weight were more likely to have low-fat dairy products, less likely to have sugary beverages, and less likely to eat junk foods than those who were not trying to lose weight. Healthier dietary patterns and less sedentary behaviors were more likely in students who reported exercising three times weekly as compared to students who exercise less often.

The researchers conclude that the Youth WAVE Screener can be used to quickly identify children who are concerned about their weight as well as those with dietary and physical activity patterns that may increase the risk of obesity. Health educators can use this screener to start a dialogue with children about their weight-related behaviors.

For more information contact C.R. Isasi, Yeshiva University of Albert Einstein College Medical, Dept. of Epidemiology & Population Health, 1300 Morris Pk Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461, USA.
Source: The Diabetes Educator, Vol. 32, No. 3, 415-422 (2006)
Date: July 31 2006