Familial influences on adolescents' eating and physical activity behaviors

Jerica M. Berge, Brian E. Saelens

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Abstract

The family environment plays an important role in the development and maintenance of adolescents' dietary patterns and physical activity behaviors. Specifically, parenting style, behavior modeling by parents, family support and encouragement, and resources available in the home to support healthful eating and physical activity are key mechanisms through which families can promote or discourage adolescent healthful eating and physical activity. In this article, we review the empirical evidence regarding the role of family environment in adolescents' nutrition and physical activity and suggest corresponding cross-sector intervention strategies to improve adolescents' health behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-439
Number of pages16
JournalAdolescent medicine: state of the art reviews
Volume23
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

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