TITLE

Prevalence of overweight and obesity in 8 to 15 year-old children in Sidi-bel-Abbes, Algeria

AUTHOR(S)
Diaf, Mustapha; Khaled, Boumediene Meghit
PUB. DATE
December 2011
SOURCE
Middle East Journal of Family Medicine;Dec2011, Vol. 9 Issue 10, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background and Objectives: The prevalence of childhood obesity has been dramatically increasing worldwide. This study was performed to estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity in school children age 8 to 15 years in Sidi-Bel-Abbes (north-western region of Algeria). Subjects and Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed from February through to May 2008 on 428 school children (218 boys and 210 girls) aged 8-15 years in the urban area of Sidi-Bel-Abbes. Overweight, obese and underweight patients were defined using three different international reference values for BMI: the International Obesity Task Force cut-offs (IOTF), the French references and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) 2000 references. Results: According to the IOTF, French and CDC references, the overall prevalence rates of overweight among the whole studied population was 7.94, 7.71 and 7.23%, respectively. Obesity affected 3.73, 3.73 and 4.43%, respectively. The girls had a higher prevalence of overweight than the boys did at all ages, while the latter had a higher prevalence of obesity.Conclusion: The prevalence of overweight and obesity in the Algerian children is considered to be high, and therefore represents a major public health problem which requires a preventive intervention in order to avoid future health consequences during adulthood.
ACCESSION #
69692173

 

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