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Am J Dis Child. 1992 Jan;146(1):67-9.

Indications of early obesity in low-income Hmong children.

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  • 1Division of Human Development and Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if there is evidence of obesity in low-income Hmong children.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional survey.

SETTING:

Women, Infants, and Children clinics in Minneapolis, Minn.

PARTICIPANTS:

271 US-born Hmong children, ages 1.00 through 4.99 years.

SELECTION PROCEDURES:

Consecutive sample of all Hmong children seen in two clinics between September and December 1989.

INTERVENTIONS:

None.

MEASUREMENTS/MAIN RESULTS:

Heights and weights were measured and converted to National Center for Health Statistics z scores of weight for age, height for age, and weight for height. Relative to National Center for Health Statistics reference data, mean height-for-age z scores decline progressively after age 2 years to--1.2 z at age 4.5 years. Mean weight-for-height z scores exceeded the National Center for Health Statistics reference significantly at ages 3 and 4 years, and there was more than a fourfold excess of Hmong children beyond the 95th percentile in weight for height at these ages.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is evidence of early obesity in Hmong children, an ethnic group heretofore considered to be a low risk for obesity.

PMID:
1736651
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