CitationLanza, H. I.; Grella, C. E.; & Chung, P. J. (2014). Does adolescent weight status predict problematic substance use patterns?. American Journal of Health Behavior. vol. 38 (5) pp. 708-716 , PMCID: PMC4066210
AbstractObjectives: To identify underlying patterns of cigarette smoking, alcohol use, and marijuana use in young adulthood, and ascertain whether adolescent overweight or obesity status predicts problematic substance use patterns. Methods: The study included 15, 119 participants from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) at Wave 1 (11-19 years) and Wave 3 (18-26 years). Latent class analysis was conducted. Results: Participants were classified into a Low Substance Use (35%), Regular Smokers (12%), High-risk Alcohol use (33%), or High Substance Use (20%) class. Overweight/ obese adolescents had a greater likelihood of belonging to the Regular Smokers class. Conclusions: Overweight/ obese adolescents are at higher risk of engaging in regular cigarette smoking without problematic alcohol or marijuana use.
NotesExport Date: 3 July 2014
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Author(s)Lanza, H. I.
Grella, C. E.
Chung, P. J.