Author(s): Chakar H, Salameh PR, Chakar H, Salameh PR, Chakar H, Salameh PR, Chakar H, Salameh PR
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Obesity has become a public health problem worldwide. Our objective was to calculate the prevalence of overweight and obesity. METHODS: It is a cross sectional study of adolescents in private Lebanese schools, aged 10-18 years. Gender, birth date and measures of weight and height were recorded. RESULTS: In 12,299 adolescents, we found high prevalence of obesity (7.5\%) and at risk of obesity (24.4\%). In girls, risk of obesity and obesity prevalence decrease with increasing age (P < 10(-4)) as compared with that in boys. CONCLUSION: Early recognition of obesity should become routine in paediatric ambulatory care settings.
This article was published in Eur J Public Health
and referenced in Journal of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy