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The high prevalence of overweight and obesity in Mexican children.
Obes Res. 2004 Feb; 12(2):215-23.OR

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To establish the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Mexican children 10 to 17 years of age according to the percentiles from both the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF).

RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES

Heights and weights were measured in children from nationally representative, randomly chosen households in the Mexican National Health Survey 2000. The study population consisted of 7862 boys and 8947 girls, 10 to 17 years of age. Measurements used were the percentage of children in the corresponding BMI categories for overweight and obesity specified by the CDC and the IOTF BMI percentiles.

RESULTS

The children were short, with mean Z scores for height by age varying from - 0.62 +/- 1.26 to -1.12 +/- 1.06 in boys and from -0.45 +/- 1.25 to -1.19 +/- 1.12 in girls. CDC-based overweight prevalences varied by age from 10.8% to 16.1% in boys and 14.3% to 19.1% in girls, with obesity prevalences from 9.2% to 14.7% in boys and 6.8% to 10.6% in girls; these prevalences did not relate to stunting. IOTF-based excess weight prevalences were similar, with higher overweight rates (boys, 15.4% to 18.8%; girls, 18.4% to 22.3%) but lower obesity rates (boys, 6.1% to 9%; girls, 5.9% to 8.2%).

DISCUSSION

Mexican children have one-half the overweight/obesity prevalences of U.S. Mexican-American children; however, there are higher rates in Northern Mexico, which is closer to the U.S. These escalating rates of excess weight demand new prevention, as well as management, policies.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Hospital Infantil de Mexico, Federico Gómez, Mexico City, Mexico.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

14981213

Citation

del Río-Navarro, Blanca E., et al. "The High Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in Mexican Children." Obesity Research, vol. 12, no. 2, 2004, pp. 215-23.
del Río-Navarro BE, Velázquez-Monroy O, Sánchez-Castillo CP, et al. The high prevalence of overweight and obesity in Mexican children. Obes Res. 2004;12(2):215-23.
del Río-Navarro, B. E., Velázquez-Monroy, O., Sánchez-Castillo, C. P., Lara-Esqueda, A., Berber, A., Fanghänel, G., Violante, R., Tapia-Conyer, R., & James, W. P. (2004). The high prevalence of overweight and obesity in Mexican children. Obesity Research, 12(2), 215-23.
del Río-Navarro BE, et al. The High Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in Mexican Children. Obes Res. 2004;12(2):215-23. PubMed PMID: 14981213.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The high prevalence of overweight and obesity in Mexican children. AU - del Río-Navarro,Blanca E, AU - Velázquez-Monroy,Oscar, AU - Sánchez-Castillo,Claudia P, AU - Lara-Esqueda,Agustín, AU - Berber,Arturo, AU - Fanghänel,Guillermo, AU - Violante,Rafael, AU - Tapia-Conyer,Roberto, AU - James,W Philip T, AU - ,, PY - 2004/2/26/pubmed PY - 2004/10/8/medline PY - 2004/2/26/entrez SP - 215 EP - 23 JF - Obesity research JO - Obes Res VL - 12 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To establish the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Mexican children 10 to 17 years of age according to the percentiles from both the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF). RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Heights and weights were measured in children from nationally representative, randomly chosen households in the Mexican National Health Survey 2000. The study population consisted of 7862 boys and 8947 girls, 10 to 17 years of age. Measurements used were the percentage of children in the corresponding BMI categories for overweight and obesity specified by the CDC and the IOTF BMI percentiles. RESULTS: The children were short, with mean Z scores for height by age varying from - 0.62 +/- 1.26 to -1.12 +/- 1.06 in boys and from -0.45 +/- 1.25 to -1.19 +/- 1.12 in girls. CDC-based overweight prevalences varied by age from 10.8% to 16.1% in boys and 14.3% to 19.1% in girls, with obesity prevalences from 9.2% to 14.7% in boys and 6.8% to 10.6% in girls; these prevalences did not relate to stunting. IOTF-based excess weight prevalences were similar, with higher overweight rates (boys, 15.4% to 18.8%; girls, 18.4% to 22.3%) but lower obesity rates (boys, 6.1% to 9%; girls, 5.9% to 8.2%). DISCUSSION: Mexican children have one-half the overweight/obesity prevalences of U.S. Mexican-American children; however, there are higher rates in Northern Mexico, which is closer to the U.S. These escalating rates of excess weight demand new prevention, as well as management, policies. SN - 1071-7323 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/14981213/The_high_prevalence_of_overweight_and_obesity_in_Mexican_children_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2004.28 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -