Health Literacy as a Vehicle to Reduce Obesogenic Behaviors Among Adolescents: A Pilot Intervention

The prevalence of adolescent behaviors that can lead to obesity are alarming, and reduced life expectancy is the future of America’s youth if behavioral changes are not implemented to improve health and reduce the obesity burden. Researchers have argued that health literacy is a precursor to health knowledge and is necessary for translating knowledge about healthy choices into behavior, with low health literacy being associated with reduced preventive health behaviors in adults. Given the lack of health literacy-specific interventions addressing adolescents’ obesogenic behaviors, the purpose of this study is to examine the preliminary effectiveness of adding a health literacy module to an obesity prevention intervention that addresses adolescents’ obesogenic behaviors.

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