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Overweight and obesity is an emerging public health problem among school-aged children in Bac Giang city in the Northen
part of Vietnam recently. This study aims to identify overweight- obesity prevalence of secondary school children in this
city and its associated factors. The study was a nested case control in a cross-sectional study design in 1528 secondary students
selected from 4 secondary schools in 2 inner communes and 2 suburban communes of Bac Giang city, Vietnam.
Overweight prevalence among secondary school students in Bac Giang was 6.7%, the prevalence of obesity was 2.0%.
Overweight and obesity is more prevalent in male students, inner communes and students from family have higher income
and higher food expense. Overweight and obesity was associated with higher energy intake, more fat consumption, having
supplement meals and bedtime-meal, increased physical activities and increased sleep duration.
Education campaign targeting reducing overweight and obesity should target both parents about dietary adequacy
and balance and children about more physical activities.
Le Thi Huong has completed her Ph.D. on Human Nutrition at Wageningen University, the Netherland in 2008. In 2011, she became Associate
Professor in Hanoi Medical University. She is the Deputy Director of Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University.
She has published more than 50 papers in reputed journals.
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