Skip to main content

Table 4 Actions taken to prevent overweight at school

From: Differences in school environment, school policy and actions regarding overweight prevention between Dutch schools. A nationwide survey

  Total School level   
   Vocational education schools Mixed schools Higher education schools Vocational education schools versus higher education schools# Mixed schools versus higher education schools#
  n = 515 n = 216 n = 232 n = 67   
  % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n) OR (95%CI) OR (95%CI)
Actions taken to stimulate healthy eating behaviour§ 66.4 (330) 62.0 (129) 67.7 (151) 75.8 (50) 0.9 (0.7;1.1) 0.9 (0.8;1.1)
Healthy products are made less expensive than unhealthy products 28.6 (142) 23.6 (49) 31.4 (70) 34.9 (23) 0.8 (0.5;1.2) 0.9 (0.6;1.4)
The canteen offers a wide variety of healthy foods 27.4 (136) 23.1 (48) 28.3 (63) 37.9 (25) 0.8 (0.6;1.3) 0.8 (0.6;1.2)
Actions taken to discourage unhealthy eating behaviour§ 84.9 (428) 83.5 (177) 87.2 (197) 81.8 (54) 1.0 (0.9;1.2) 1.1 (0.9;1.2)
It is forbidden to sell certain unhealthy foods 35.7 (180) 29.7 (63) 38.1 (86) 47.0 (31) 0.7 (0.5;0.9)* 0.9 (0.6;1.2)
It is forbidden to consume certain unhealthy foods 4.0 (20) 3.3 (7) 5.3 (12) 1.5 (1) 2.0 (0.2;16.8) 3.3 (0.4;25.4)
Actions taken to stimulate physical activity§ 73.9 (374) 68.4 (145) 79.0 (181) 73.9 (48) 0.9 (0.8;1.1) 1.1 (0.9;1.3)
The school stimulates the students to be physically active during breaks 19.8 (100) 17.5 (37) 21.8 (50) 20.0 (13) 0.7 (0.4;1.3) 1.1 (0.6;1.8)
The school often organises activities for the students to be physical activity after school hours 59.9 (303) 50.9 (108) 66.4 (152) 66.2 (43) 0.9 (0.7;1.1) 1.1 (0.9;1.3)
Actions taken to prevent overweight§ 24.0 (108) 26.3 (50) 24.0 (49) 15.8 (9) 1.7 (0.8;3.2) 1.5 (0.8;2.9)
There are guidelines to identify and to help students with overweight 12.9 (58) 17.9 (34) 10.3 (21) 5.3 (3) 3.1 (1.0;10.2) 1.9 (0.6;6.3)
Students who are overweight get more attention during physical activity classes 13.3 (60) 12.1 (23) 14.7 (30) 12.3 (7) 1.0 (0.4;2.3) 1.1 (0.5;2.5)
The school participated in a national or regional project for overweight prevention 28.4 (145) 29.3 (63) 26.8 (61) 31.3 (21) 0.9 (0.6;1.5) 0.8 (0.5;1.3)
The school expects to pay more attention to overweight prevention in the future 59.4 (299) 64.6 (137) 57.8 (130) 48.5 (32) 1.3 (1.0;1.7) 1.2 (0.9;1.6)
  1. # Associations are adjusted for school size
  2. § The school has taken at least one action
  3. * p < 0.05