The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of visiting a doctor on the health behaviors of children. Additionally, this study explored the influence of ethnicity and socio-economic status on the health behaviors related to nutrition and physical activity among socially disadvantaged children in the United States. Secondary data from the California Health Interview Survey was utilized to investigate the interaction of visits to the doctor and the aforementioned health behaviors, and the relationship between these health behaviors, ethnicity, and socio-economic status, respectively. The findings indicate that in general children are not meeting the standards recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in regard to their consumption of vegetables and fruits, and level of physical activity. Interestingly, those children who visited the doctor in the past year engaged in more physical activity, but consumed more soda or sweetened drink and fast food. When examining ethnicity, it was found that Latino children consumed less vegetables and fruits, but also, less high sugar foods. Latino children were physically active fewer days per week, and consumed more soda or sweetened drink and fast food. In regards to socio-economic status, children living in poverty consumed less servings of vegetables and more servings of soda or sweetened drink, were physically active less days per week but consumed less servings of high sugar foods. Implications for social work practice and research are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public health|
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