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Nutritional status of school-aged children of Buenos Aires, Argentina: data using three references.
J Public Health (Oxf). 2011 Sep; 33(3):403-11.JP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Childhood overweight has been reported in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a standardized classification system in order to facilitate comparison across countries and studies. This study aims to assess the prevalence of overweight, obesity and thinness in a group of 10-11-year-old children using three references [the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 2000, the the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) 2000 and the WHO, 2007].

METHODS

A representative sample of 1588 children (771 boys and 817 girls) resulted from the randomization of 80 public schools from Buenos Aires.

RESULTS

The prevalence of overweight, including obesity, for the whole sample was 35.5, 27.9 and 27.9%, respectively, depending on the reference used. For overweight, no gender differences were observed regardless of the reference used. Obesity was significantly more frequent among boys, and this remained consistent for the three references. Thinness frequency was 1.6 and 2.5% for the boys and 2.7 and 4.5% for the girls when considering the WHO and CDC cut-off points, respectively, and frequency increased in both boys and girls for each age group.

CONCLUSION

There is a high prevalence of overweight and obese cases among school-aged children of Buenos Aires regardless of the reference used. Epidemiological data provided by this study suggests the urgent need to design preventive interventions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Argentina, Buenos Aires 1509, Argentina. ikovalskys@ilsi.org.arNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20940275

Citation

Kovalskys, I, et al. "Nutritional Status of School-aged Children of Buenos Aires, Argentina: Data Using Three References." Journal of Public Health (Oxford, England), vol. 33, no. 3, 2011, pp. 403-11.
Kovalskys I, Rausch Herscovici C, De Gregorio MJ. Nutritional status of school-aged children of Buenos Aires, Argentina: data using three references. J Public Health (Oxf). 2011;33(3):403-11.
Kovalskys, I., Rausch Herscovici, C., & De Gregorio, M. J. (2011). Nutritional status of school-aged children of Buenos Aires, Argentina: data using three references. Journal of Public Health (Oxford, England), 33(3), 403-11. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdq079
Kovalskys I, Rausch Herscovici C, De Gregorio MJ. Nutritional Status of School-aged Children of Buenos Aires, Argentina: Data Using Three References. J Public Health (Oxf). 2011;33(3):403-11. PubMed PMID: 20940275.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Nutritional status of school-aged children of Buenos Aires, Argentina: data using three references. AU - Kovalskys,I, AU - Rausch Herscovici,C, AU - De Gregorio,M J, Y1 - 2010/10/12/ PY - 2010/10/14/entrez PY - 2010/10/14/pubmed PY - 2012/3/23/medline SP - 403 EP - 11 JF - Journal of public health (Oxford, England) JO - J Public Health (Oxf) VL - 33 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND: Childhood overweight has been reported in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a standardized classification system in order to facilitate comparison across countries and studies. This study aims to assess the prevalence of overweight, obesity and thinness in a group of 10-11-year-old children using three references [the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 2000, the the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) 2000 and the WHO, 2007]. METHODS: A representative sample of 1588 children (771 boys and 817 girls) resulted from the randomization of 80 public schools from Buenos Aires. RESULTS: The prevalence of overweight, including obesity, for the whole sample was 35.5, 27.9 and 27.9%, respectively, depending on the reference used. For overweight, no gender differences were observed regardless of the reference used. Obesity was significantly more frequent among boys, and this remained consistent for the three references. Thinness frequency was 1.6 and 2.5% for the boys and 2.7 and 4.5% for the girls when considering the WHO and CDC cut-off points, respectively, and frequency increased in both boys and girls for each age group. CONCLUSION: There is a high prevalence of overweight and obese cases among school-aged children of Buenos Aires regardless of the reference used. Epidemiological data provided by this study suggests the urgent need to design preventive interventions. SN - 1741-3850 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20940275/Nutritional_status_of_school_aged_children_of_Buenos_Aires_Argentina:_data_using_three_references_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdq079 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -