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Georgian Med News. 2012 Oct;(211):55-9.

Child and adolescent body mass index data according to who new child growth standards in Georgia (Kakheti region).

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  • 1I. Gogebashvili Telavi State University, Georgia.


The Studies were carried in Georgia among 6-18 years old 854 children and adolescent; (417girls, 437 boys). Measurements of weight, height and chest circumference were taken from following standard techniques. The Body Mass Index of each child was computed as weight/height2. The calculated BMI was compared to the World Health Organization BMI - for-age centiles tables (5-19 years old girls and boys). According the given results the nutritional status was defined: thinness-2.6%, overweight- 13%, obesity-7.2%. The most 6-18 years old children BMI is adequate to 25th, 50th and 75th centiles of the World Health Organization standard BMI -for-age percentile tables. The thinness was revealed only among the children of 6-12 age group. With the prevalence among the girls. The high number of thin children is fixed with both 6 years. old girls and boys(6.4%).12 years old girls (11.1%),but the number of underweight children is less than the number of the same age schoolchildren in Tbilisi. The number of fat and overweighted children increases within the age and dominates among the boys. The highest percent of obesity was revealed among the children of both sex at the age of 11 (21.5%) also among the 18 years old boys(17.6%). The data analysis of the carried studies, allow comparisons with the other studies, carried out in different countries of the world. The data analysis showed that underweight, overweight and obesity distribution among the schoolchildren in Georgia is close to the statistics data of the Eastern and Central Europian countries.

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