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Substance use and weight loss tactics among middle school youth.

Weight Loss Study - Aim
Diet pills and vomiting or laxative use as weight loss tactics are associated with substance use in older adolescent populations. This study examined the association of weight loss tactics and substance use among middle school students.

Weight Loss Study - Methods
A Youth Risk Behavior Survey was administered to 6,957 middle school students in eastern North Carolina. Multiple logistic regression examined substance use as predictors of Diet pills and vomiting or laxative use.

Weight Loss Study - Results
Diet pills and vomiting or laxative use was reported by 6.0 percent and 7.1 percent of students, respectively, with each reported more frequently by females and White students. Regression analysis demonstrated alcohol, cigarette, or marijuana use as predictors for individual race/gender groups whereas steroid use was a predictor for all race/gender groups. We found a clustering effect of alcohol and cigarette use with both diet pills and vomiting or laxative use.

Source: Garry JP, Morrissey SL, Whetstone LM. Department of Family Medicine, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina 27858, USA.

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