Religiosity and Excess Weight Among African-American Adolescents: The Jackson Heart KIDS Study

Marino A. Bruce, Bettina M. Beech, Tanganyika Wilder, E. Thomaseo Burton, Jylana L. Sheats, Keith C. Norris, Roland J. Thorpe

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Abstract

Recent studies suggest that religion and spirituality can yield health benefits for young African-Americans. We examined the relationship between religious practices, spirituality, and excess weight among African-American adolescents (N = 212) residing in the Deep South. Results from modified Poisson regression analysis indicate that adolescents who prayed daily had a lower prevalence of excess weight (PR 0.77 [95% CI 0.62–0.96]) than those who did not. This relationship was only significant for 12–15 year-old participants in age-stratified analysis. These findings suggest that preventive interventions offered to children and younger adolescents can have implications for weight status across the lifespan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-233
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume59
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

Keywords

  • Health disparities
  • Pediatric obesity
  • Population health
  • Religion
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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