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Prevalence of overweight and obesity in preschool children from Rzeszow region

Artur Mazur, Ewelina Rogozińska, Katarzyna Mróz, Maria Ragan, Damian Mazur, Ewa Małecka-Tendera
Endokrynol. Otył. Zab. Przem. Mat 2008;4(4):159-162.

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Vol 4, No 4 (2008)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2008-10-31

Abstract


INTRODUCTION. The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of overweight and obesity in preschool children from Rzeszow region.
MATERIAL AND METHODS. Weight and height were measured in 576 preschool children (302 girls and 274 boys) in the mean age 4.82 years ± 1.10 SD from Rzeszow region, and their body mass index (BMI) was calculated. Overweight and obesity were diagnosed according to the International Obesity Task Force criteria.
RESULTS. Overweight was present in 9.1% of girls and 9.9% of boys. The prevalence of obesity was 7.2% and 8.4%s respectively. Three years old boys were significantly more overweight than the girls in the same age. However obesity was significantly more prevalent in 3 years old girls than boys and in 5-6 years old boys than girls.
CONCLUSIONS. Overweight and obesity in preschool children are an emerging problem of the public health. The study results indicate that obesity prevention and treatment should be focused already at the preschool children.

Keywords

overweight; obesity; preschool children

About this article
Title

Prevalence of overweight and obesity in preschool children from Rzeszow region

Journal

Endocrinology, Obesity and Metabolic Disorders

Issue

Vol 4, No 4 (2008)

Pages

159-162

Published online

2008-10-31

Bibliographic record

Endokrynol. Otył. Zab. Przem. Mat 2008;4(4):159-162.

Keywords

overweight
obesity
preschool children

Authors

Artur Mazur
Ewelina Rogozińska
Katarzyna Mróz
Maria Ragan
Damian Mazur
Ewa Małecka-Tendera

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