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

Sidhu, Sharda; Marwah, Gauri; Prabhjot
June 2005
Collegium Antropologicum;Jun2005, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p53
Academic Journal
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.


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