Trends in overweight and obesity prevalence in Chilean children: comparison of three definitions


Kain, J; Uauy, R; Vio, F; Albala, C; (2002) Trends in overweight and obesity prevalence in Chilean children: comparison of three definitions. European journal of clinical nutrition, 56 (3). pp. 200-204. ISSN 0954-3007 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ejcn.1601301

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare trends in prevalence of overweight and obesity among Chilean children using three different criteria. METHODS: Descriptive cross-sectional school-based study to analyse these trends in 6-y-old boys and girls who entered first grade in 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996 and 2000. Gender-specific prevalence of overweight and obesity were determined with three criteria: weight for height (W-H) Z-scores compared to NCHS 1977; present reference used by the Ministry of Health; and body mass index (BMI) compared to the revised US CDC Growth Charts with cut-off values of P85-95 and P-95 and IOTF reference with cut-offs extrapolated from an adult BMI of 25 and 30. RESULTS: The prevalence of overweight determined by W-H (WHO) increased from 15% in 1987 to 20% in 2000 for boys and from 17.2 to 21.8% for girls. With BMI-CDC, the increase was from 13.2 to 19.2% for boys and 12 to 18.5% for girls. With BMI-IOTF, rates were very similar. Prevalence of obesity using W-H (WHO) increased from 6.5% in 1987 to 17% in 2000 for boys and from 7.8 to 18.6% for girls. Using BMI-CDC, the increase was from 5.1 to 14.7% for boys and from 4 to 15.8% for girls; using BMI-IOTF prevalence estimates were much lower. CONCLUSIONS: Obesity prevalence in children has increased over time, and trends are similar independent of criteria. The reference used to define prevalence is important since it provides different estimates. Policy makers should be aware that a spurious drop in prevalence may appear if the IOTF reference is compared to the other criteria.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Body Height, physiology, Body Mass Index, Body Weight, physiology, Child, Child, Preschool, Chile, Comparative Study, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Human, Male, Obesity, epidemiology
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 11960294
Web of Science ID: 174276400003
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/18404

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