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Obesity in Turkish children and adolescents: prevalence and non-nutritional correlates in an urban sample.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

The aim of the present study was to identify the prevalence and non-nutritional correlates of childhood obesity in primary school children and adolescents living in a representative sample of an urban area in western Anatolia.

METHODS

The study was designed as a cross-sectional, population-based study. A representative sample of primary school children in Aydin was randomly selected according to age, gender and socio-economic status. Body mass index (BMI) was calculated after weight and height measurement. Centres for Disease Control 2000 growth charts for children and adolescents were used to identify BMI percentiles. Weight and height percentiles were obtained from charts of growth curves for Turkish children.

RESULTS

The age range of children was 6-16 years. A total of 924 children and 424 adolescents were screened for obesity. Overweight and obesity prevalence in primary school children living in Aydin was 12.2% and 3.7%, respectively. High socio-economic status was found to be associated with childhood obesity. There was no association between obesity and gender, adolescence, educational status of parents and occupation of father.

CONCLUSION

In the present study, we focused on some of the non-nutritional correlates of obesity in a representative population of an urban area in a developing country. Obesity prevalence rate in Turkish children living in Aydin was higher in children from a higher socio-economic group in contrast to reports from many developed countries.

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    Department of Family Medicine, Medical Faculty, Adnan Menderes University, Aydin, Turkey. guzeld@yahoo.com

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    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Anthropometry
    Body Mass Index
    Child
    Cross-Sectional Studies
    Female
    Humans
    Male
    Obesity
    Parents
    Prevalence
    Risk Factors
    Social Class
    Turkey
    Urban Health

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Multicenter Study

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    19228152

    Citation

    Discigil, G, et al. "Obesity in Turkish Children and Adolescents: Prevalence and Non-nutritional Correlates in an Urban Sample." Child: Care, Health and Development, vol. 35, no. 2, 2009, pp. 153-8.
    Discigil G, Tekin N, Soylemez A. Obesity in Turkish children and adolescents: prevalence and non-nutritional correlates in an urban sample. Child Care Health Dev. 2009;35(2):153-8.
    Discigil, G., Tekin, N., & Soylemez, A. (2009). Obesity in Turkish children and adolescents: prevalence and non-nutritional correlates in an urban sample. Child: Care, Health and Development, 35(2), pp. 153-8. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2008.00919.x.
    Discigil G, Tekin N, Soylemez A. Obesity in Turkish Children and Adolescents: Prevalence and Non-nutritional Correlates in an Urban Sample. Child Care Health Dev. 2009;35(2):153-8. PubMed PMID: 19228152.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Obesity in Turkish children and adolescents: prevalence and non-nutritional correlates in an urban sample. AU - Discigil,G, AU - Tekin,N, AU - Soylemez,A, PY - 2009/2/21/entrez PY - 2009/2/21/pubmed PY - 2009/4/25/medline SP - 153 EP - 8 JF - Child: care, health and development JO - Child Care Health Dev VL - 35 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to identify the prevalence and non-nutritional correlates of childhood obesity in primary school children and adolescents living in a representative sample of an urban area in western Anatolia. METHODS: The study was designed as a cross-sectional, population-based study. A representative sample of primary school children in Aydin was randomly selected according to age, gender and socio-economic status. Body mass index (BMI) was calculated after weight and height measurement. Centres for Disease Control 2000 growth charts for children and adolescents were used to identify BMI percentiles. Weight and height percentiles were obtained from charts of growth curves for Turkish children. RESULTS: The age range of children was 6-16 years. A total of 924 children and 424 adolescents were screened for obesity. Overweight and obesity prevalence in primary school children living in Aydin was 12.2% and 3.7%, respectively. High socio-economic status was found to be associated with childhood obesity. There was no association between obesity and gender, adolescence, educational status of parents and occupation of father. CONCLUSION: In the present study, we focused on some of the non-nutritional correlates of obesity in a representative population of an urban area in a developing country. Obesity prevalence rate in Turkish children living in Aydin was higher in children from a higher socio-economic group in contrast to reports from many developed countries. SN - 1365-2214 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19228152/Obesity_in_Turkish_children_and_adolescents:_prevalence_and_non_nutritional_correlates_in_an_urban_sample_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2008.00919.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -