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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gwozdz, W., Nie, P., Sousa‐Poza, A., DeHenauw, S., Felső, R., Hebestreit, A., Iguacel, I., Lissner, L., Lauria, F., Page, A., Reisch, L. A., Tornaritis, M., Veidebaum, T., Williams, G., Foraita, R., and on behalf of the I.Family Consortium (2019) Peer Effects on Weight Status, Dietary Behaviour and Physical Activity among Adolescents in Europe: Findings from the I.Family Study. Kyklos, https://doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12197 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/kykl.12197 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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Peer Effects on Weight Status, Dietary Behaviour and Physical Activity among Adolescents in Europe: Findings from the I.Family Study

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  • I.Family Consortium
  • Wencke Gwozdz
  • Peng Nie
  • Alfonso Sousa-Poza
  • Stefaan DeHenauw
  • Regina Felső
  • Antje Hebestreit
  • Isabel Iguacel
  • Lauren Lissner
  • Fabio Lauria
  • Angie Page
  • Lucia A. Reisch
  • Michael Tornaritis
  • Toomas Veidebaum
  • Garrath David Williams
  • Ronja Foraita
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/05/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Kyklos
Issue number2
Volume72
Number of pages27
Pages (from-to)270-296
Publication statusPublished
Early online date6/02/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This study uses survey data from the I.Family Study to investigate the association between adolescent and peer overweight in a sample of adolescents aged 12–16 from six European countries. We find clear evidence of peer effects on body mass index, waist circumference, and body fat, which are stronger among adolescents at the upper end of overweight distribution. We also provide evidence that both consumption of less healthy foods and time spent in leisure time physical activity and audio‐visual media are positively associated with similar behaviours among friends. These observations may suggest that peer effects on adolescent overweight operate by influencing friends’ behaviour patterns, especially unhealthy food consumption and physical (in)activity.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gwozdz, W., Nie, P., Sousa‐Poza, A., DeHenauw, S., Felső, R., Hebestreit, A., Iguacel, I., Lissner, L., Lauria, F., Page, A., Reisch, L. A., Tornaritis, M., Veidebaum, T., Williams, G., Foraita, R., and on behalf of the I.Family Consortium (2019) Peer Effects on Weight Status, Dietary Behaviour and Physical Activity among Adolescents in Europe: Findings from the I.Family Study. Kyklos, https://doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12197 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/kykl.12197 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.