Socioeconomic Inequalities in Clustering of Health-Compromising Behaviours among Indian Adolescents.
Manu Raj Mathur, Ankur Singh, Vijay Kumar Mishra, Priyanka Parmar, Deepti Nagrath, Richard G Watt, Georgios Tsakos
Indian Journal of Community Medicine | Published : 2020
Background: The simultaneous occurrence of health-compromising behaviors can accentuate the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). This study aimed to examine the existence and patterns of clustering of four NCD risk behaviors among adolescents and its association with social position. In addition, socioeconomic inequalities in the occurrence of clustering of NCD risk behaviors were also assessed. Methods: A cross-sectional study was undertaken among 1218 adolescents (14-19 years old) in the city of New Delhi, India. An interviewer-administered questionnaire was used to assess health-compromising behaviors (tobacco and alcohol use, fruit/vegetable intake, and physical inactivity). Clusteri..View full abstract