Title

Socio-demographic and Economic Correlates of Overweight Status in Chinese Adolescents

Document Type

Article

Department

Community and Global Health (CGU)

Publication Date

2007

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

Objective : To investigate over-weight prevalence and socio-demographic and economic correlates in Chinese adolescents.

Methods : Weight, height, waist circumference, and socio-demo-graphic and economic variables of 6863 middle and high school students were measured.

Results : 10% of girls and 17% of boys were overweight. Waist circumference and overweight risk were significantly associated with pubertal status (P<0.05). High levels of parental education and family income were significant risk factors for overweight (P<0.05).

Discussion : Our findings underscore the need for development of evidence-based and culturally appropriate public health programs to prevent and treat pediatric obesity in China.

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