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DOI: 10.18544/PEDM-21.01.0020
Pediatr Endocrinol Diabetes Metab 2015;21,1:15-22

Are children from resort spa healthy? The overweight and obesity in children from Kudowa-Zdrój

Joanna Połubok, Aleksandra Gonera, Jakub Ubysz, Maria Wójcik, Marta Kozicka, Ewa Barg

Key words

overweight, obesity, BMI, waist circumference, WHtR index, Quetelet index, Rohrer’s index

Abstract

Overweight and obesity are becoming a more and more common problem among children and teenagers. Aim. The aim of this study is to evaluate the development of children and teenagers from Kudowa-Zdroj and to assess the prevalence of overweight and obesity in this population. Materials and Methods. The study included 545 children, aged 5-16 years from Kudowa-Zdroj. The following anthropometric parameters were assessed: body weight and height, BMI, Quetelet index, Rohrer’s index, waist circumference, hip circumference and waist to height ratio (WHtR). Results. Overweight or obesity diagnosed by BMI SDS were observed in 26.7% of children from grades 0-3, 22.02% of children from grades 4-6 and 22.52% of Junior High School students. Students in grades 0-3 (mean 0.95 ± 2.17) achieved higher BMI SDS compared to students in grades 4-6 (mean 0.37 ± 1.71) and secondary school (mean 0.65 ± 1.61) (p= 0.023).Overweight or obesity diagnosed by Rohrer index SDS and Quetelet index SDS were observed in 22,84% and 17,13% children. Elevated value of the hip circumference SDS was found in 19.48% of children and waist circumference SDS was increased in 17.5% of children. In the group of children with overweight and obesity 59.4% had elevated waist circumference SDS and 53.4% waist circumference SDS. WHtR was elevated in 8.3% of children, more often in boys (p <0.001), 3.1% of girls and 13.07% of boys. Conclusions. The BMI is the best index for diagnosis of overweight and obesity. Overweight and obesity are common disorders among children from Kudowa-Zdroj. It is recommended to educate children, adolescence and their family about healthy lifestyle in order to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity.


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