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ULLOA, NATALIA et al. Frequency of obesity and overweight among school age children living in southern Chile. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2010, vol.138, n.11, pp.1365-1372. ISSN 0034-9887.

Background: The frequency of obesity is increasing steadily in Chile. Aim: To assess the prevalence of obesity and overweight in children and teenagers living in three southern Chilean cities. Material and Methods: The database of an evaluation performed in 2006 in schools, was used to obtain weight and height of 32514 subjects aged 12 ± 4 years (48% males). Criteria proposed by the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were used to define obesity and overweight. Results: According to CDC criteria the prevalence of overweight and obesity was 11.2% and 6.5%, respectively. According to IOTF criteria, the fgures were 13.2 and 4%, respectively. The higher frequency of overweight and obesity was observed among children aged less than eight years. Conclusions: There is a high frequency of obesity and overweight in the studied sample.

Keywords : Childhood; Obesity; Overweight.

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