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Lifestyle and Nutrition Profile of Overweight and Obese School Children in the Ga-East District of Ghana

Author(s): M Steiner-Asiedu | Phyllis Addo | Betty Bediako-Amoa | Felix Y.M. Fiadjoe | Alex K. Anderson

Journal: Asian Journal of Medical Sciences
ISSN 2040-8765

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 99;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Blood cholesterol | body mass index | dietary behaviour | hemoglobin | obesity | overweight | physical activity

Understanding the dietary and physical activity behaviours of children and adolescent can aid the design of effective interventions to control childhood obesity. Our study assessed the dietary and physical activity behaviours and nutritional status of overweight/obese school children. A cross-sectional study design was employed. Information on body weight, height, body fat, food choices, diet and physical activity behaviours were collected on a random sample of 475 school children aged 8-18 years from August 2009 to August 2010. Biochemical data were collected on a sub-sample (n = 107) of the participants. Mean BMI for females and males were 27.0±4.2 and 27.0±7.0 kg/m2, respectively. About 60% reported consuming no fruits or vegetables, whiles 79% preferred fried foods over other forms of cooked food. Majority (60.9%) engaged in
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