Oliveira, Bruno de Luna; de Siqueira, Cristian Fernando; Cordeiro, Karol Lacava; Guerra, Maria Aline de Almeida; Diniz, Alcides da Silva; Neto, Augusto Cesar Barreto
March 2011
Journal of Nursing UFPE / Revista de Enfermagem UFPE;Mar2011, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p205
Academic Journal
Objetive: to analyze the prevalence of overweight and obesity in adolescent students in Vitória de Santo Antão city. Méthod: this is about a cross sectional study with a sample of adolescents aged 10-19 years selected by conglomerate in municipal school system from Vitória de Santo Antão city. The sample comprised of 255 students was analyzed according to the socioeconomic, anthropometric measures, physical activity and eating habits variables in December 2009. Statistical analysis of parametric variables were made using Chi-square and t test at a significance level of 5%. The study was submitted to the Ethics Committee of the Federal University of Pernambuco and approved under number 262/09. Results: the prevalence of overweight in both sexes was 19.2%, other factors were not associated (p> 0.05), as skin color, social class and eating habits. Triglyceride levels, physical activity and hypertension showed statistical significance when related to excess weight. Conclusion: the adolescents affected by overweight and obesity were more susceptible to hypertension and hypertriglyceridemia. Reduction in BMI and health habits of life contributes to the reduction of cardiometabolic morbidity. Descriptors: adolescent; hypertension; obesity; abdominal circumference; cross sectional study.


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