Socio-demographic and Economic Correlates of Overweight Status in Chinese Adolescents
Community and Global Health (CGU)
Medicine and Health Sciences
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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Xie B, Chou CP, Spruijt-Metz D, Reynolds KR, Clark F, Palmer PH, Gallaher P, Sun P, Quo Q, Johnson CA. Socio-demographic and economic correlates of overweight status in Chinese adolescents. American Journal of Health Behavior 31(4):339-352, 2007