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dc.contributor.authorNúñez-Rivas, Hilda Patriciaes_ES
dc.contributor.authorMonge-Rojas, Rafaeles_ES
dc.contributor.authorLeón, Haniaes_ES
dc.contributor.authorRoselló, Marlenes_ES
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-25T14:53:28Z
dc.date.available2015-08-25T14:53:28Z
dc.date.issued2003es_ES
dc.identifier.citationNúñez-Rivas, Hilda Patricia,Monge-Rojas, Rafael,León, Hania,Roselló, Marlen (2003) Prevalence of overweight and obesity among Costa Rican elementary school children. Rev Panam Salud Publica;13(1) 24-32,jan. 2003. Retrieved from http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1020-49892003000100004&lng=pt&nrm=iso&tlng=enen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1020-49892003000100004&lng=pt&nrm=iso&tlng=enes_ES
dc.identifier.urihttps://iris.paho.org/handle/10665.2/8449
dc.format.extenttabes_ES
dc.relation.ispartofseriesRev Panam Salud Publica;13(1),ene. 2003es_ES
dc.subjectObesidadept_BR
dc.subjectFatores Etárioses_ES
dc.subjectÍndice de Massa Corporales_ES
dc.subjectCosta Ricaes_ES
dc.subjectModelos Logísticoses_ES
dc.subjectAnálise Multivariadaes_ES
dc.subjectPopulação Ruralpt_BR
dc.subjectFatores Sexuaises_ES
dc.subjectPregas Cutâneases_ES
dc.subjectFatores Socioeconômicospt_BR
dc.subjectPopulação Urbanapt_BR
dc.titlePrevalence of overweight and obesity among Costa Rican elementary school childrenen_US
dc.typeJournal articlesen_US
dc.rights.holderPan American Health Organizationen_US
dc.description.notesOBJECTIVE: Given that excessive body weight during childhood influences the development of several chronic diseases in adulthood, this study was conducted to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity in urban and rural Costa Rican elementary school children. METHODS: The study was carried out from July 2000 to April 2001. A total of 1718 students ages 7-12 were selected from 34 schools in the capital city of San José and in other nearby urban and rural areas. Both younger children (ones aged 7 through 9 years) and older children (ones aged 10 through 12 years) with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the sex-specific 85th percentile were considered overweight. The younger children were classified as being obese if their triceps skinfold was greater than or equal to the 85th percentile for age and sex using the percentiles by age for children in the United States of America as normative standards. The older children were considered obese if they had a BMI at or above the sex-specific 85th percentile and both the triceps and subscapular skinfold thickness at or above the 90th percentile. RESULTS: The prevalence of overweight was 34.5 percent. Children aged 7-9, boys, children from urban areas, and children of a higher socioeconomic status had a higher prevalence of overweight. The prevalence of obesity was 26.2 percent. A higher prevalence of obesity was found among children aged 7-9, boys, children from urban areas, and children of middle socioeconomic status. CONCLUSIONS: Given the high prevalence of obesity that we found in the Costa Rican children, primary and secondary prevention measures are needed in order to reduce the proportion of deaths due to chronic nontransmissible diseases among Costa Rican adults in the coming decades (AU)en_US


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