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Am J Public Health. 2004 Jun;94(6):1002-8.

Measuring the prevalence of overweight in Texas schoolchildren.

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Human Nutrition Center, University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health, 1200 Hermann Pressler Drive, W RAS 920, Houston, TX 77030, USA. deanna.m.hoelscher@uth.tmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We describe results from year 1 of a surveillance system to monitor body mass index in children at the state level.

METHODS:

A sample of 6630 children attending Texas public schools, weighted to represent 4th, 8th, and 11th grades within race/ethnic subpopulations, was assessed. Body mass index was calculated from measured height and weight; demographic information was obtained from a questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Prevalence of overweight was 22.4%, 19.2%, and 15.5% for 4th-, 8th-, and 11th-grade students, respectively. Overweight prevalence was highest among Hispanic boys (29.5%-32.6%), fourth-grade Hispanic girls (26.7%), and fourth- and eighth-grade African American girls (30.8% and 23.1%, respectively). Eleventh-grade White/other girls had the lowest prevalence of overweight (5.5%).

CONCLUSIONS:

These data confirm the increasing prevalence of overweight among US children, especially among Hispanic and African American students compared to White/other students and fourth-grade students relative to 8th- and 11th-grade students.

PMID:
15249306
PMCID:
PMC1448380
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