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Prevalence of Obesity, Overweight and Eating Disorders in a School-Based Population in Southern Brazil | OMICS International | Abstract
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Prevalence of Obesity, Overweight and Eating Disorders in a School-Based Population in Southern Brazil

Ricardo Rodrigo Rech*Ricardo Halpern
Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Brazil. University of Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Corresponding Author : Professor Ricardo Rodrigo Rech
Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Brazil
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Received July 10, 2013; Accepted December 06, 2013; Published December 11, 2013
Citation: RR, Halpern R (2013) Prevalence of Obesity, Overweight and Eating Disorders in a School-Based Population in Southern Brazil. J Biosafety Health Educ 1: 111. doi:10.4172/2332-0893.1000111
Copyright: © 2013 Rech RR, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

The health of school-age children and adolescents has been the focus of much attention, since at this stage of life students experience biological, social, emotional and cognitive changes. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence rates of obesity, overweight and symptoms of eating disorders (ED) among the sixth-grade students of the municipal schools in Caxias do Sul in 2011. A school-based, cross-sectional study evaluated 1230 students (86.80% of the total). A self-report questionnaire and anthropometric measures of weight and height were used in the assessment. The prevalence rates of obesity, overweight and ED symptoms were 7.30%, 22.80% and 33.10%, respectively. The students dissatisfied with their body image were four times more likely (PR=4.01; CI 95%= 2.71–5.93) to have excess weight and nine times more likely (PR=9.30; CI 95%=6.29–13.78) to have symptoms for ED. The prevalence rates of ED symptoms, obesity and overweight of the evaluated students are high and warrant the attention of the community as a whole.

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