Is the prevalence of overweight and obesity declining among 4-year-old Swedish children?
2009 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 98, no 12, 1956-1958 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
AIM: To investigate the trend in overweight and obesity prevalence among 4-year-old Swedish children. METHODS: Height and weight data registered at the regular health check up at the child health centres in the county of Västerbotten during the years 2007/2008 (2225 boys and 2156 girls) were analysed and compared with data from 2002/2003 (2231 boys and 2176 girls). Overweight and obesity were estimated using the International Obesity Task Force cut-off values (ISO BMI). RESULTS: In both boys and girls, overweight prevalence (ISO BMI > 25) decreased over the 5-year period, boys from 17.2% to 14.2% and girls from 22.3% to 19.0%. Among girls, there was also a decrease in obesity prevalence (ISO BMI > 30) from 5.7% to 3.1%. CONCLUSION: The result of this study indicates that the overweight and obesity epidemic among Swedish pre-school children may be levelling off.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2009. Vol. 98, no 12, 1956-1958 p.
Children, Obesity, Overweight, Trend
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-35061DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2009.01490.xPubMedID: 19735498OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-35061DiVA: diva2:328544