Health behavior stage and the prevalence of health risk behaviors in inner Mongolian secondary school students: a cross-sectional study

Takashi Shimazaki, Hiroaki Uechi, Hugejiletu Bao, Geer Deli, Ying Hua Lee, Kayo Miura, Koji Takenaka

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Abstract

This study evaluated stages of health behavior change and the prevalence of physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, poor stress management, alcohol consumption, and smoking in Inner Mongolian secondary school students. The relationship between engaging in health risk behaviors and demographic characteristics was also explored. In total, 2,794 students, largely in the contemplation and preparation stages, were enrolled. The prevalence of physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, poor stress management, alcohol consumption, and smoking were 31%, 33%, 46.8%, 18.6%, and 8.4%, respectively. Logistic regression analysis identified differences according to school grade, sex, ethnicity, residence areas, and school. Poor stress management in students is a serious health concern in Inner Mongolia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-199
Number of pages16
JournalChild and Youth Services
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 3

Keywords

  • alcohol consumption
  • eating behavior
  • physical activity
  • smoking
  • stressmanagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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