TITLE

Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity among the Affluent Adolescent School Children of Amritsar, Punjab

AUTHOR(S)
Sidhu, Sharda; Marwah, Gauri; Prabhjot
PUB. DATE
June 2005
SOURCE
Collegium Antropologicum;Jun2005, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p53
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In the present study, an attempt has been made to assess the prevalence of overweight and obesity in adolescent children (between 10-15 years of age) of the affluent families of Amritsar district of Punjab, a state in rapid economic and epidemiological transition. A total of 640 children (323 boys and 317 girls) were measured for height and weight. Overweight and obesity were assessed using age and sex-specific body mass index (BMI) cut-off points. 9.91% boys and 11.99% girls were overweight, and 4.95% boys and 6.31% girls were obese. The prevalence of overweight and obesity among the affluent children in Amritsar was as high or higher as in some industrialized countries.
ACCESSION #
21094194

 

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