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Is childhood obesity associated with high-fat foods and low physical activity?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1548858     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Childhood obesity is a major health problem with serious long-term health implications. Efforts to determine risk factors beyond genetic predisposition have been equivocal. Common notions of overeating and under-exercising as causes have not been supported by prior research. This combined prevalence and case-control study analyzed a population of children ages 8-10 to ascertain the association between exposure to high-fat foods and low levels of exercise, and obesity. The sample population of Texas school children revealed a 100% greater prevalence of childhood obesity relative to national normative standards established from 1976-1980. Neither high-fat food intake nor reported level of physical activity were independent risk factors for this condition. However, they may exert a synergistic effect when both are present in the same child. Development of more sophisticated population-based instruments will enable larger studies to investigate risk factors for childhood obesity.
L Muecke; B Simons-Morton; I W Huang; G Parcel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of school health     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0022-4391     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sch Health     Publication Date:  1992 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-04-17     Completed Date:  1992-04-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376370     Medline TA:  J Sch Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-23     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Rockville, MD 20850.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Dietary Fats / adverse effects*
Feeding Behavior
Obesity / etiology*
Risk Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Fats

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