publication . Other literature type . Article . 2004 . Embargo end date: 04 Sep 2004

Overweight and obesity in 6-12 year old children in Switzerland

Zimmermann, Michael B.; Gübeli, Carolyn; Püntener, Claudia; Molinari, Luciano;
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  • Published: 04 Sep 2004
  • Publisher: ETH Zurich
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
Objectives: Our aim was to estimate the national prevalence of overweight and obesity in Swiss primary schoolchildren and to determine if adiposity is increasing in this age group. Methods: We used a cross-sectional, 3-stage, probability-proportionate-to-size cluster sampling of primary schools throughout Switzerland to obtain a representative national sample of 6–12 year old children (n = 2431). Height and weight were measured and used to calculate body mass index (BMI). BMI references from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) were used to define adiposity. The triceps, biceps, subscapular and...
Subjects
free text keywords: Body mass index; Skinfold thickness; Anthropometry; Percentage body fat; Obesity; Overweight; Children; Switzerland, Body mass index, Skinfold thickness, Anthropometry, Percentage body fat, Obesity, Overweight, Children, Switzerland
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