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The prevalence of overweight and obesity in pediatric survivors of cancer.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17011325     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To compare the prevalence of overweight in a cohort of pediatric survivors of cancer with that in the general population. STUDY DESIGN: We reviewed the charts of 441 cancer survivors followed at a Canadian tertiary care pediatric hospital and calculated their most recent body mass index. We compared this cohort with population data generated from the Canadian Community Health Survey. RESULTS: At a median age of 14.7 years (range, 3.4 to 19.5 years) and a median time from diagnosis of 9.7 years (range, 3.4 to 19.2 years), 140 of 441 patients (31.7%) were overweight or obese. Only 12 of the 441 patients (2.7%) were underweight. Males age 6 to 11 years (odds ratio [OR] = 2.29; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.36 to 3.86; P < .001) and male survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (OR = 1.55; 95% CI = 1.03 to 2.52; P = .04) were more likely to be overweight than the general population. No other age or diagnostic group had an increased risk of overweight. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of overweight was not increased in this cohort compared with the general population. However, almost 1/3 of these patients are overweight, necessitating a clinical and research focus on preventing and combating overweight in childhood cancer survivors.
Paul C Nathan; Vesna Jovcevska; Kirsten K Ness; Norma Mammone D'Agostino; Patricia Staneland; Stacey L Urbach; Mary Barron; Maru Barrera; Mark L Greenberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of pediatrics     Volume:  149     ISSN:  0022-3476     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-02     Completed Date:  2006-11-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375410     Medline TA:  J Pediatr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  518-25     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Haematology/Oncology, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Cross-Sectional Studies
Neoplasms* / therapy
Obesity / epidemiology*
Retrospective Studies

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