International Journal of Paediatrics and Geriatrics
2018, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Part A
Assessment of prevalence of obesity among children of known population: An observational study
Dr. Deepak Kumar
Background: Overweight and obesity primarily happen either due to excess calorie intake or insufficient physical activity or both. Hence; we planned the present study to assess the prevalence of obesity among children of known population. Materials & methods: A total of 400 school going children under the age of 15 years were screened during this period. Complete demographic and clinical details of all the subjects were obtained. Weight, height and BMI details of all the subjects were recorded. The BMI cutoff points recommended by the International Obesity Task Force were used to define overweight and obesity. Results: Overall prevalence of obesity in the present study was 20 percent. Significantly higher prevalence of obesity was observed in males in comparison to females. Also significantly higher prevalence of obesity was seen in children above 12 years of age. Conclusion: Obesity is a health problem affecting a significant proportion of population. Hence; adequate screening programmes are recommended for increasing awareness among general population about adverse effects of obesity.
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Dr. Deepak Kumar. Assessment of prevalence of obesity among children of known population: An observational study. Int J Paediatrics Geriatrics 2018;1(2):19-21. DOI: 10.33545/26643685.2018.v1.i2a.16