TITLE

Alarming high prevalence of overweight/obesity among Sudanese children

AUTHOR(S)
Nagwa, M A; Elhussein, Abdelrahim M; Azza, M; Abdulhadi, N H
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition;Mar2011, Vol. 65 Issue 3, p409
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of obesity among schoolchildren in Khartoum state, Sudan. Multistage stratified random sampling methodology was used. Sampling included different residential areas within the state. A total of 1138 children between the ages of 10 and 18 years were involved in the study. More than 9% of the children were obese, 10.8% were overweight whereas combined overweight/obesity scored 20.5%. The prevalence of combined overweight/obesity among higher, middle and lower socioeconomic class children was 56.8, 27.3 and 3.1%, respectively. These figures, being higher than those reported among Nigerian and South African children, living in similar conditions, may refer to an emerging problem of overweight and obesity especially among children of the higher and middle class families. Adoption of national programs of promoting healthy food habits and physical activity among children is recommended.
ACCESSION #
58731277

 

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