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Prevalence of overweight and obesity among junior high school students in a district of Tehran

Author(s): Maryam Amini | Nasrin Omidvar | Masood Kimiagar

Journal: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences
ISSN 1735-1995

Volume: 12;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 315;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Obesity | body weight | body mass index | waist-hip ratio | overweight | adolescents.

BACKGROUND: To determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity among a sample of middle class junior high school students in a district of Tehran and its association with certain demographic and dietary factors this study was carried out. METHODS: Weight, height, waist and hip circumferences were measured and information on two-day food intake and demographics on 398 students aged 10-15 years from district 6 in Tehran were collected. RESULTS: Prevalence of overweight and obesity in the studied girls were 19%, 6.5% and in boys were 14%, 13%, respectively. There was an inverse relationship between numbers of siblings and BMI. Overweight/obese students, bought snacks from school shops more frequently than other students did. CONCLUSIONS: Findings showed that the high prevalence of overweight/obesity can be related to the household size, including the number of siblings and the pattern of snack purchase by the students. KEY WORDS: Obesity, body weight, body mass index, waist-hip ratio, overweight, adolescents.
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