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Prevalence of overweight and obesity in Chinese children and adolescents from 2015.

Zhou, Yunping; Zhang, Qian; Wang, Tao; Zhang, Yanqing; Xu, Bo.
Ann Hum Biol; 44(7): 642-643, 2017 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28830231

BACKGROUND:

To update the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents from 2015.

METHODS:

Data for this study were obtained from children and adolescents aged 7-17 years with measured weight and height from the National Surveys on Chinese Students' Constitution and Health in 2015.

RESULTS:

Measurements from 29 418 children and adolescents (14 480 boys and 14 938 girls) were analysed. Among children and adolescents aged 7-17 years, the prevalence of obesity was 13.2% (95% CI = 12.8-13.7%) in 2015. Moreover, the prevalence of obesity for children aged 7-12 years (20.3% (95% CI = 19.5-21.1%)) was significantly higher than in adolescents aged 13-17 years (9.6% (95% CI = 9.2-10.0%)) (p < 0.001).

COMMENT:

Obesity was much worse in children than adolescents in China; future studies are warranted to understand why these differences may be occurring.
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