Comparative analysis of body mass index, consumption of fruits and vegetables, smoking, and physical activity among Florida residents.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare body mass index (BMI), consumption of fruits and vegetables, smoking, and physical activity in residents of the 7 Florida counties with the highest reported BMI to residents of the 7 Florida counties with the lowest reported BMI utilizing 2002 data from the Florida Department of Health Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Results showed that survey respondents in counties with the lowest mean BMI consumed significantly more fruits and vegetables, compared to respondents in counties with the highest BMI. A positive relation between mean BMI and consumption of fruits and vegetables remained when controlled for physical activity, but not for smoking. Education about the importance of increased fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as physical activity, are important factors in the campaign against obesity.

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@article{Goss2005ComparativeAO, title={Comparative analysis of body mass index, consumption of fruits and vegetables, smoking, and physical activity among Florida residents.}, author={Joan Goss and Laurie M Grubbs}, journal={Journal of community health nursing}, year={2005}, volume={22 1}, pages={37-46} }