AIM: Today young people are facing various biological and psychosocial health problems. However, unhealty eating behaviors and related health problems are at the first rank. This study was conducted to the determine of frequency and factors influencing obesity and dietary pattern in vocational high school students.
METHODS: The descriptive study of sample was composed of 781 students who were in vocational high school students and who agreed to participate in the study. The research sample data were collected between March and April 2006 using a questionnaire developed by the researchers, Dietary Pattern Index (DPI) developed by Demirezen and measurement weight and length. The data were analyzed with test of number, percentage, mean, chi-square, standard deviation and kruskal wallis tests at SPSS 11.0 packet program.
RESULTS: The mean age of the participating students was 15.93+0.89 years and all were male. Obesity prevelance of students is found as 5.9%. Most students were found to be at risk for dietary pattern. There is significant difference between students age and dietary pattern (p
Obesity, dietary pattern, adolescence, school health