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Can J Diet Pract Res. 2006 Autumn;67(3):125-9.

Prevalence of overweight and obesity in school-aged children.

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Public Health Research, Education and Development Program, Middlesex-London Health Unit, Brescia University College, London, Ontario.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Childhood obesity is a public health concern in Canada. Few published anthropometric data are available to indicate obesity prevalence in Canadian children. Obesity prevalence is reported for school-aged children in 11 London, Ontario, schools.

METHODS:

Data on body weight and height were obtained using standardized procedures. United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) body mass index (BMI)-for-age references and Cole's international BMI reference were used to classify the children's weight categories.

RESULTS:

The study included 1,570 pupils aged six to 13. The CDC BMI references categorized 16.6% and 11.8% of children as overweight and obese, respectively. In comparison, when the Cole BMI reference and cut-off points were used, 17.5% and 7.6% of children were classified as overweight and obese, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

Overweight is prevalent in the study population. Public health interventions are warranted to curb the obesity epidemic in school-aged children.

PMID:
16968560
DOI:
10.3148/67.3.2006.125
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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