ESPE Abstracts (2014) 82 P-D-3-3-796

Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents at Public and Private Schools from Uberaba Brazil

Adriana Paula Silva, Taciana Carla Maia Feibelmann, Daniela Cristina Silva, Heloisa Marcelina Cunha Palhares, Lúcia Marina Scatena & Maria de Fátima Borges


Universidade Federal DO Triângulo Mineiro, Uberaba State of Minas Gerais, Brazil


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 5–18 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 Pearson’s 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.

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