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Prevalence and risk factors of obesity in school children in Antalya, Turkey.
Saudi Med J. 2006 Jul; 27(7):1028-33.SM

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine the prevalence and risk factors of obesity and to obtain the age and gender-specific body mass index (BMI) percentiles in a cohort of children aged 6-17 years, living in the province of Antalya, Turkey.

METHODS

The study included 15 schools throughout the city center of Antalya, Turkey during the period November 2002-March 2003. A total of 2465 school children (boys 1233, girls 1232) aged 6-17 years were chosen using a population based stratified cluster sampling method. We calculated the BMI (kg/m2) by measuring the weight and standing height. Overweight was defined as BMI between 85th and 95th percentile, and obesity as BMI above the 95th percentile. A questionnaire was distributed to the parents to determine obesity-related risk factors.

RESULTS

The overall prevalence of obesity was 3.6% while overweight was 14.3%. According to gender, the prevalence of obesity in boys was 3.9% and overweight was 12.8%, while in girls, obesity was 3.2% and overweight was 15.8%. We found that obesity might be related with some factors such as number of regular meals, number of siblings, high birth weight, having computer at home, skipping breakfast and high socioeconomic status of parents.

CONCLUSION

There is no difference in obesity prevalence among school children according to gender, but the mean BMI of girls is significantly higher than that of boys. Obesity prevalence among children in Antalya is very low compared to Europe and the United States.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Akdeniz Universitesi Tip Fakultesi Hastenesi, Pediatri Klinigi, Antalya, Turkey. dogatkahraman@akdeniz.edu.trNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16830025

Citation

Turkkahraman, Doga, et al. "Prevalence and Risk Factors of Obesity in School Children in Antalya, Turkey." Saudi Medical Journal, vol. 27, no. 7, 2006, pp. 1028-33.
Turkkahraman D, Bircan I, Tosun O, et al. Prevalence and risk factors of obesity in school children in Antalya, Turkey. Saudi Med J. 2006;27(7):1028-33.
Turkkahraman, D., Bircan, I., Tosun, O., & Saka, O. (2006). Prevalence and risk factors of obesity in school children in Antalya, Turkey. Saudi Medical Journal, 27(7), 1028-33.
Turkkahraman D, et al. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Obesity in School Children in Antalya, Turkey. Saudi Med J. 2006;27(7):1028-33. PubMed PMID: 16830025.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prevalence and risk factors of obesity in school children in Antalya, Turkey. AU - Turkkahraman,Doga, AU - Bircan,Iffet, AU - Tosun,Ozgur, AU - Saka,Osman, PY - 2006/7/11/pubmed PY - 2007/5/18/medline PY - 2006/7/11/entrez SP - 1028 EP - 33 JF - Saudi medical journal JO - Saudi Med J VL - 27 IS - 7 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and risk factors of obesity and to obtain the age and gender-specific body mass index (BMI) percentiles in a cohort of children aged 6-17 years, living in the province of Antalya, Turkey. METHODS: The study included 15 schools throughout the city center of Antalya, Turkey during the period November 2002-March 2003. A total of 2465 school children (boys 1233, girls 1232) aged 6-17 years were chosen using a population based stratified cluster sampling method. We calculated the BMI (kg/m2) by measuring the weight and standing height. Overweight was defined as BMI between 85th and 95th percentile, and obesity as BMI above the 95th percentile. A questionnaire was distributed to the parents to determine obesity-related risk factors. RESULTS: The overall prevalence of obesity was 3.6% while overweight was 14.3%. According to gender, the prevalence of obesity in boys was 3.9% and overweight was 12.8%, while in girls, obesity was 3.2% and overweight was 15.8%. We found that obesity might be related with some factors such as number of regular meals, number of siblings, high birth weight, having computer at home, skipping breakfast and high socioeconomic status of parents. CONCLUSION: There is no difference in obesity prevalence among school children according to gender, but the mean BMI of girls is significantly higher than that of boys. Obesity prevalence among children in Antalya is very low compared to Europe and the United States. SN - 0379-5284 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16830025/Prevalence_and_risk_factors_of_obesity_in_school_children_in_Antalya_Turkey_ L2 - http://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/9028 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -