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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2005 | Volume: 4 | Issue: 5 | Page No.: 342-344
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2005.342.344
Overweight and Obesity among School-Aged Children of Metropolitan Tehran, Iran
Seyed Mohamad Hosein Mosavi Jazayeri

Abstract:
To investigate the prevalence of overweight and obesity based on Body Mass Index (BMI) values among children in Tehran. Cross-sectional survey of a randomized sample of school aged children in Tehran. A total of 3104 boys and girls in 3 aged groups with mean age 6, 8 and 10 years. The data consisted of parents-reported measures of height and weight that were obtained from questionnaires, and then BMI [weight (kg) / height (m)2] was calculated. The prevalence of overweight and obesity was higher than expected as related to recent Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) growth charts in comparison to a recent International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) approach. These differences were higher among Iranian girls than boys. While obesity prevalence might not be important as a definition of IOTF and CDC, but rapid increases of obesity in recent years are potentially dangerous. International authorities should accelerate the efforts regarding construction a global BMI reference data, based on obesity definition in developing countries.
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How to cite this article:

Seyed Mohamad Hosein Mosavi Jazayeri , 2005. Overweight and Obesity among School-Aged Children of Metropolitan Tehran, Iran . Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 4: 342-344.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2005.342.344

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjn.2005.342.344

 
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