Journal of Obesity / 2016 / Article / Tab 2

Research Article

Obesity Severity, Dietary Behaviors, and Lifestyle Risks Vary by Race/Ethnicity and Age in a Northern California Cohort of Children with Obesity

Table 2

Health-related behaviors and lifestyle risks of pediatric patients with obesity, by age group.

Health behavior/lifestyle riskAge group
3–5 years6–11 years12–17 years
( = 1115)( = 3484)( = 3257)

Eating breakfast <6 days a week28.934.1a58.8a
Eating meals with family <5 times a week34.939.4a54.2a
Eating <5 servings of fruit/vegetables a day45.154.8a61.6a
 Eating <3 servings of vegetables a day60.265.6a70.9a
 Eating <3 servings of fruit a day44.055.2a63.7a
Eating ≥3 sugary or salty snacks a day24.128.1a31.9a
Drinking ≥2 sugary or juice drinks a day58.059.459.8
60 min exercise outside PE <5 times a week44.665.0a67.6a
 60 min exercise <3 times a week16.628.6a36.9a
TV, computer, or video games ≥3 hours a day31.443.4a63.5a
Inadequate number of hours of sleep per night16.71.2a8.9a

PE = school-based physical education or recess; TV = television. Column s are approximate due to missing data.
1The National Sleep Foundation, 2015, consensus guidelines [36] recommend against sleep <8 hours per day (including naps) for children aged 3–5 and <7 hours per day for children aged 6–17 years; these thresholds were used to define inadequate number of hours of sleep per night.
Significantly () different from ages 3–5 after adjusting for child’s sex and race/ethnicity.