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Revista chilena de pediatría

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EYZAGUIRRE C., Francisca et al. Prevalence of overweight (OW) and obesity (O) in children attending the paedriatric unit of the Clínica Las Condes. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2005, vol.76, n.2, pp.143-149. ISSN 0370-4106.

Obesity has increased among Chilean children, with the long-term health risks associated. Aim: to study the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children followed up at the paedriatric unit of a private health center, Clínica Las Condes (CLC), in Chile. Patients and methods: a one- year prospective study of 1310 children, mean age 7,19 ± 4,02 years, 51,6% males. Age, sex, weight and height were recorded, BMI (kg/m2, absolute and corresponding percentile) and %weight/height (%W/H) was calculated. Results: Age distribution in the sample was 45,7% between 2-5 years, 29,5% 6-10 years and 24,8% older than 10 years. 66,8% had normal weight, OW 13,9%, O 12% and underweight (UW) 7,3%, without differences for gender or age. Conclusiones: The prevalence of UW, OW and O children are similar to those provided from low to medium low income populations in Chile. The largest prevalence of OW and O children was found in the 6-10 year range, and reinforces the necessity of education in healthy habits of nutrition and activity to prevent the development of abnormal weight during the school years

Palabras clave : obesity; children; stature; height; weight.

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