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Prevalence of obesity in primary and secondary education students

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Author(s): Fotini Charizani | Konstantina Kamateri | Theologos Zagalis | Maria Gourni | Maria Polikandrioti | Paraskevi Gourni

Journal: To Vima tou Asklipiou
ISSN 1109-4486

Volume: 09;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 187;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Obesity | children | adolescent | risk factors

ABSTRACT
Aim: The aim of the present study was to explore the prevalence of obesity in primary and secondary education students of Attica prefecture. Method and material: the sample studied consisted of 334 students of Primary and Secondary Education. Data were collected by the use of an anonymous questionnaire which included their demographic data and their personal and dietary habits. Obesity and overweight was calculated based on the internationally accepted standards of Body Mass Index (BMI in kg/m2). Analysis of data was performed using the SPSS 15 statistical package.Results: 81,7% of students questioned had a normal body weight, 17,1% were overweight and 1,2% were obese. The analysis of the results showed that students of Intermediate School were overweight compared to those of Elementary and High School with statistically significant difference, p=0,006. Boys were overweight compared to girls with statistically significant difference, p
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