Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Obesity increases, one in seven Shanghai children overweight


In the last five years there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents in Shanghai, a study shows.
The high percentage of overweight and obesity in the young age groups is of particular concern, according to researchers who say urbanization might be a causative factor for the increase in obesity prevalence in Chinese children in the Shanghai area.
They studied 70 582 students in 2003 and 86 355 students in 2008 from schools from within the two Shanghai districts. The standardized prevalence of overweight significantly increased from 12.75 to 14.2%, and the prevalence of obesity significantly increased from 3.35 to 3.94%  during the study period. The prevalence of obesity decreased with age in both boys and girls, and the prevalence of obesity and overweight in boys was significantly higher than that in girls. Interestingly, the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the urban area was also significantly higher than that in suburb area.
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