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J Pediatr Health Care. 2016 Sep-Oct;30(5):444-52. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2015.10.009. Epub 2015 Nov 21.

Characterization of Childhood Obesity and Behavioral Factors.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Childhood obesity is a major public health threat in the United States. Recent data indicate that 34.2% of children ages 6 to 11 years are overweight or obese. The purpose of this study is to describe childhood obesity levels and identify risk behaviors in two school-based health centers in Michigan, one urban and one rural.

METHODS:

This study is a secondary data analysis from a multicenter comparative effectiveness trial. Multiple logistic regression was used to examine behavioral factors associated with overweight/obesity in children.

RESULTS:

In this sample (n = 105), 41.9% were obese and 16.2% were overweight. The duration of sleep per night (p = .04) and the frequency of eating breakfast (p = .04) were significant predictors of being overweight/obese.

DISCUSSION:

Health care providers in school-based health centers must be comfortable assessing, preventing, and treating childhood obesity in this high-risk group of patients. Interventions should encourage children to eat breakfast daily and to get adequate sleep.

KEYWORDS:

Obesity; breakfast; overweight; pediatric; sleep

PMID:
26614274
DOI:
10.1016/j.pedhc.2015.10.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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