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Overweight and risk of overweight in schoolchildren in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: prevalence and characteristics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12070949     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The association of overweight and risk of overweight with socio-economic and demographic variables was investigated among schoolchildren in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between 1995 and 1996. Data were obtained by direct interview and physical examination of boys and girls aged between 6 and 11 years in a two-stage, random sample, population-based survey. Univariate analysis was performed on the association between socio-economic and demographic predictors of overweight/risk of overweight and the dependent variables, i.e. body mass index (BMI), triceps skinfold and subscapular skinfold. Based on this analysis, logistic regression models were developed. The prevalence of overweight and risk of overweight was 37.8% in girls and 36.4% in boys. For the BMI model, the variables retained were age and number of persons per household; for the triceps skinfold model, the variables were age, gender and area of residence; and age, gender and persons/household were the variables for the subscapular skinfold model. The results suggest that both BMI and skinfold indicators should be used to assess overweight/risk of overweight and that public health programmes for schoolchildren should be developed to combat the alarming increase in obesity.
Vania Maria Ramos de Marins; Renan Moritz Varnier R Almeida; Rosangela A Pereira; Marilisa Berti de Azevedo Barros
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of tropical paediatrics     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0272-4936     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Trop Paediatr     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-19     Completed Date:  2002-07-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8210625     Medline TA:  Ann Trop Paediatr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  137-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nutrition College, Fluminense Federal University, Niterói, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Body Mass Index
Brazil / epidemiology
Logistic Models
Obesity / epidemiology*
Risk Factors
Sex Factors
Skinfold Thickness
Socioeconomic Factors

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