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Prevalência de sobrepeso e obesidade em escolares de alto nível socioeconômico em Londrina, Paraná, Brasil
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Prevalence of overweight and obesity in schoolchildren of high socioeconomic level in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil
  • Centro de Educação Física e Desportos
  • Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
  • Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB)
Objective: To verify the prevalence of overweight and obesity in 7 to 10 year old schoolchildren of both sexes and high socioeconomic level. Methods: Five hundred and eleven schoolchildren (274 boys and 237 girls) were submitted to anthropometrical measurements of body mass, stature and subscapular and triceps skin-fold thickness. Body mass indexes ≥85th percentile and <95th percentile were used to determine overweight, whereas body mass indexes ≥95th percentile were adopted as indicators of obesity. The socioeconomic level was established based on information obtained from a questionnaire, considering the degree of education of the parents and the familiar consumables. Results: The total prevalence for overweight was 19.7% for the boys and 17.3% for the girls, with no significant differences amongst ages and sexes (p>0.05). On the other hand, the prevalence for obesity in the boys and girls was 17.5% and 9.3%, respectively, with significant differences between the sexes at 9 years (p<0.01) and 10 years (p<0.05) of age, as well as amongst the entire group of ages (p<0.01). Conclusion: The results indicated a high prevalence ratio for overweight (∼19%) and obesity (∼14%), much greater than the average for the 7-10 year old Brazilian population. Therefore, different from that observed in developed countries, a high socioeconomic level seems to negatively affect the prevalence for overweight and obesity, increasing the risk of the precocious development of metabolic dysfunctions.
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Revista de Nutricao, v. 18, n. 6, p. 709-717, 2005.
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  • Child
  • Food habits
  • Obesity
  • Prevalence
  • anthropometry
  • body build
  • body mass
  • Brazil
  • child parent relation
  • controlled study
  • education
  • feeding behavior
  • female
  • groups by age
  • human
  • major clinical study
  • male
  • metabolic disorder
  • obesity
  • questionnaire
  • school child
  • sex ratio
  • skinfold thickness
  • socioeconomics
  • statistical significance
  • triceps brachii muscle
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