Background: In Brazil there is a nutritional transition between child malnutrition and increasing prevalence of obesity.
Objective and hypotheses: The study aims to identify the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children aged 518 years in five private and 15 public schools from city of Uberaba Brazil.
Method: Anthropometric data, inventorys physical activities and socioeconomic aspects were evaluated from 1125 individuals, 681 girls and 444 boys. Comparisons between groups by ANOVA; correlation between variables by Pearsons test and significant level was P<0.05.
Results: Undernutrition was 36 (3.2%), eutrophic 725 (64.4%), overweight 195 (17.33%) and obesity 169 (15.02%). It was observed that overweight was more prevalent between girls 127 (59.91%) and obesity between boys 84 (55.26%) P=0.0042.
Conclusion: Obesity is becoming an important public health problem and warns for the need of policies that encourage healthy eating and physical activity, reducing sedentary lifestyle.
20 - 22 Sep 2014
European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology