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Alarming prevalences of overweight and obesity for children of Turkish, Moroccan and Dutch origin in the Netherlands according to international standards

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Author: Fredriks, A.M. · Buuren, S. van · Hira Sing, R.A. · Wit, J.M. · Verloove-Vanhorick, S.P.
Type:article
Date:2005
Source:Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 4, 94, 496-498
Identifier: 238413
doi: doi:10.1080/08035250410024240
Keywords: Health · Body mass index · Ethnicity · Moroccan · Overweight · Netherlands · Turkish · Body mass · Infant · International standard unit · Major clinical study · Adolescent · Adult · Child · Child, Preschool · Ethnic Groups · Female · Humans · Male · Morocco · Netherlands · Obesity · Prevalence · Turkey

Abstract

Aim: Prevalences of overweight in The Netherlands, defined by international cut-off points, are presented in 14 500 children of Dutch origin, 2904 of Turkish and 2855 of Moroccan origin, aged 0-21 y. Results: The mean prevalence for Turkish boys and girls was 23.4% and 30.2%, for Moroccans 15.8% and 24.5%, for Dutch youths in large cities 12.6% and 16.5%, and for other Dutch participants 8.7% and 11.3%, respectively. Conclusion: The development of adequate prevention strategies is urgently needed. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.