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THE USE OF WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE FOR MEASURING OBESITY IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN NORTH GREECE

Mastori, C1; Papandreou, D1; Mandalianou, C1; Eystathiadis, P1

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition: May 2006 - Volume 42 - Issue 5 - p E102-E103
Notices: 39th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Dresden, Germany, June 7-10, 2006: Abstracts: PND-02
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1School of Food Of Science And Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Technological Education Institute of Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKI, Greece.

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Aim:

To determine the prevalence of obesity using waist circumference (WC) in healthy school children aged 6-16 years in Northern Greece.

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Methods:

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.

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Results:

The results are presented below:

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Summary:

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.

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Conclusion:

can be used to determine obesity with the same way BMI is used.

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