Factors associated with high consumption of soft drinks among Australian secondary-school students

Scully, Maree, Morley, Belinda, Niven, Philippa, Crawford, David, Pratt, Iain S. and Wakefield, Melanie 2017, Factors associated with high consumption of soft drinks among Australian secondary-school students, Public health nutrition, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1017/S1368980017000118.

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Title Factors associated with high consumption of soft drinks among Australian secondary-school students
Author(s) Scully, Maree
Morley, Belinda
Niven, Philippa
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David orcid.org/0000-0002-2467-7556
Pratt, Iain S.
Wakefield, Melanie
Journal name Public health nutrition
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2017-02-27
ISSN 1368-9800
Keyword(s) adolescents
health behaviours
sugar-sweetened soft drinks
Summary OBJECTIVE: To examine demographic and behavioural correlates of high consumption of soft drinks (non-alcoholic sugar-sweetened carbonated drinks excluding energy drinks) among Australian adolescents and to explore the associations between high consumption and soft drink perceptions and accessibility. DESIGN: Cross-sectional self-completion survey and height and weight measurements. SETTING: Australian secondary schools. SUBJECTS: Students aged 12-17 years participating in the 2012-13 National Secondary Students' Diet and Activity (NaSSDA) survey (n 7835). RESULTS: Overall, 14 % of students reported consuming four or more cups (≥1 litres) of soft drinks each week ('high soft drink consumers'). Demographic factors associated with high soft drink consumption were being male and having at least $AU 40 in weekly spending money. Behavioural factors associated with high soft drink consumption were low fruit intake, consuming energy drinks on a weekly basis, eating fast foods at least once weekly, eating snack foods ≥14 times/week, watching television for >2 h/d and sleeping for <8 h/school night. Students who perceived soft drinks to be usually available in their home, convenient to buy and good value for money were more likely to be high soft drink consumers, as were students who reported usually buying these drinks when making a beverage purchase from the school canteen/vending machine. CONCLUSIONS: High soft drink consumption clusters with other unhealthy lifestyle behaviours among Australian secondary-school students. Interventions focused on reducing the availability of soft drinks (e.g. increased taxes, restricting their sale in schools) as well as improved education on their harms are needed to lower adolescents' soft drink intake.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S1368980017000118
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
11 Medical And Health Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091580

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