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Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in 6–7-Year-Old Children—A Result of 9-Year Analysis of Big City Population in Poland

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Department of Pediatrics, Gastroenterology, Allergology and Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Gdańsk, 80-803 Gdańsk, Poland
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Gdańsk Center for Health Promotion, 80-397 Gdańsk, Poland
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Department of Public Health and Social Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Gdańsk, 80-210 Gdańsk, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3480; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103480
Received: 27 April 2020 / Revised: 12 May 2020 / Accepted: 14 May 2020 / Published: 16 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Children's Health)
Excess body weight is a serious public health problem, which affects both adults and children. Unfortunately, the prevalence of excess body weight in children in Poland is not subject to any regular screening. The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence of overweight and obesity in 6–7-year-old children in the municipality of Gdańsk in the years 2008–2016. The anthropometric parameters of 12,330 children (49.55% girls and 50.45% boys) with a mean age of 6.53 ± 0.38 years were analyzed. The prevalence of overweight was 7.49% (7.91% girls and 7.07% boys) and obesity 4.24% (4.47% girls and 3.99% of boys). There was no difference in the prevalence of neither overweight nor obesity between boys and girls (p = 0.076). However, the prevalence of overweight and obesity combined is higher in girls (12.38% vs. 11.06%, p = 0.023). There were no statistically significant differences in the prevalence of overweight and obesity neither in the group of girls nor in the group of boys in children aged 6–7 years in yearly cohorts examined between 2008 and 2016. The prevalence of excess body weight in this population is at a stable level. View Full-Text
Keywords: prevalence; obesity; overweight; child; Poland prevalence; obesity; overweight; child; Poland
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Szczyrska, J.; Jankowska, A.; Brzeziński, M.; Jankowski, M.; Metelska, P.; Szlagatys-Sidorkiewicz, A. Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in 6–7-Year-Old Children—A Result of 9-Year Analysis of Big City Population in Poland. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3480. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103480

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Szczyrska J, Jankowska A, Brzeziński M, Jankowski M, Metelska P, Szlagatys-Sidorkiewicz A. Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in 6–7-Year-Old Children—A Result of 9-Year Analysis of Big City Population in Poland. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(10):3480. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103480

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Szczyrska, Joanna, Agnieszka Jankowska, Michał Brzeziński, Marek Jankowski, Paulina Metelska, and Agnieszka Szlagatys-Sidorkiewicz. 2020. "Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in 6–7-Year-Old Children—A Result of 9-Year Analysis of Big City Population in Poland" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 10: 3480. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103480

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