Notices: 39th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Dresden, Germany, June 7-10, 2006: Abstracts: PND-02
To determine the prevalence of obesity using waist circumference (WC) in healthy school children aged 6-16 years in Northern Greece.
The study population consisted of 280 children aged 6-16 years, 126 boys (45%) and 154 girls (55%), from a variety of schools of different socioeconomic status. We measured body weight (kg), height (cm) WC (cm). BMI (kg/m2) was calculated by using the tables of Cole, 2000. Socioeconomic status was determined by parents school education. For WC, measurements >90th centile are considered pathological values.
The results are presented below:
Girls had significantly higher mean values than boys in both measurements. Thirty-six percent (36%) for boys and fifty percent (50%) for girls were considered obese based on WC values. The results from WC compared with the BMI were similar. No statistically significant difference was observed between socioeconomic status and gender.
can be used to determine obesity with the same way BMI is used.