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Blood pressure and obesity in young adolescents in Tehran

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Author(s): "A Khaji | Sh Khodaii | M karbakhsh | A Faeghi | S Azizi | A Firoozian | J Jafari "

Journal: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
ISSN 2008-2142

Volume: 16;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 45;
Date: 2006;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Background: The objective of this study was to provide estimates of the prevalence of obesity among Iranian school children and to determine the association between obesity and blood pressure. Methods: During one school year (2003-2004), all children (n=2766) of the 5th stage of primary school studying in area 9 of Tehran school areas (divided by the Ministry of Education for management purposes) were screened for weight, height, and blood pressure. Findings: Of 2766 pupils, 1159 (41.9) were male and 1607 (58.1%) female. Mean weight of girls (37.1±8.3 kg) was significantly higher than that of boys (35.8±8.3 kg) (p
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