Potential influences of physical inactivity and obesity among African American adolescents are explored in this study using a multilevel approach.
African American adolescents (ages 12 to 16) including their parents were recruited and incentivized in metropolitan Birmingham, Ala. Objective physical activity measurements were gathered using accelerometers worn by the adolescents for seven days (removed only during bathing or swimming). Self-report data from the 116 adolescents and their parents were across multiple levels of influence: individual, family, home environment, and neighborhood environment.
- Demographics and family social support influenced physical activity in African American adolescents. Girls engaged in significantly less physical activity and family social support was positively associated with daily physical activity levels.
The exploration on multiple levels of influence affecting youth physical activity may help address appropriate efforts to reverse the rising trends of obesity stemming from physical inactivity.
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