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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 73-77

Prevalence of obesity and overweight in primary school children living in Menoufia governorate, Menouf district

1 Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia Governorate, Egypt
2 Department of Paediatrics, National Liver Institute, Menoufia University, Menoufia Governorate, Egypt
3 Department of Paediatrics, Shebin El-Koom Teatching Hospital, Menoufyia University, Menoufia Governorate, Egypt
4 Department of Paediatrics, Menouf General Hospital, Menoufia Governorate, Egypt

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Abd-El Hafiz M Ramadan
Department of Paediatrics, Shebin EL-Koom Teaching Hospital, Menoufia Governorate
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-208X.170572

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Background Obesity is an excessive accumulation of fat that adversely affects well-being and health. It is a major public health problem that affects nearly 18% of teenagers. Aim This study was conducted on primary school children in Menouf district to study the prevalence of obesity and overweight and some associated risk factors. Results Obesity was more prevalent in children between 6 and 9 years of age, and it is more prevalent in girls than in boys. The incidence of obesity was higher among urban than among rural children, and children attending private schools and of high socioeconomic levels were more obese. Conclusion and recommendation Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence in 11 years has increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. There is an urgent need to spread awareness about obesity, its consequences, and ways and means of prevention, especially among children and their families.

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