TITLE

Stabilisation in the prevalence of childhood overweight in Liechtenstein between 2004 and 2010

AUTHOR(S)
Kühnis, Jürgen; Erne, Sabine
PUB. DATE
March 2012
SOURCE
Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin & Sporttraumatologi;2012, Vol. 2012 Issue 1, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Early detection and monitoring of overweight and obesity in childhood has become a public health priority worldwide in the 21st century. Therefore, the aim of this study was to estimate the current prevalence and trends in overweight and obesity among 5, 10 and 14 year-olds children in Liechtenstein. The study is based on a time series of 4 cross-sectional screening examinations conducted in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 and included data of 2978 children (1490 boys and 1488 girls). Body mass index (BMI) was calculated on anthropometric measurements and categorised using international as well as German cut-off criteria. In 2010, the overall prevalence rate found for overweight (obesity) was 15.5% (3.8%) following the International Obesity Taskforce standards and 11.5% (4.9%) following the German standards, respectively. Over the focussed 6 year period, the combined prevalence (overweight and obesity) for the whole sample decreased, although formal statistical significance was not reached (p > 0.05). No gender differences in the prevalence of overweight and obesity were observed. In comparison with the increasing trends in most surveys, this study documents an apparent stabilisation of childhood overweight in Liechtenstein.
ACCESSION #
74621595

 

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