Childhood obesity: the extent of the problem among 6-year-old Irish national school children.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/190133
Title:
Childhood obesity: the extent of the problem among 6-year-old Irish national school children.
Authors:
Evans, D S; Glacken, M; Goggin, D
Affiliation:
Health Service Executive West, Department of Public Health, Merlin Park Hospital, Galway, Ireland. david.evans@hse.ie
Citation:
Childhood obesity: the extent of the problem among 6-year-old Irish national school children. 2011, 37 (3):352-9 Child Care Health Dev
Journal:
Child: care, health and development
Issue Date:
May-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/190133
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01169.x
PubMed ID:
21083692
Abstract:
Childhood obesity is rapidly increasing worldwide. In Ireland, the number of overweight children has trebled over the last decade. The study aimed to provide an assessment of the prevalence of obesity of 6-year-old children in one region of Ireland.; Following training, School Public Health Nurses included the measurement of height and weight as part of the annual 'senior infants' school health check for 5453 6-year-old children in 189 schools between 2004 and 2007. Body mass index (BMI) was calculated using the International Obesity Taskforce cut-off points using lmsGrowth (a Microsoft Excel add-in), which uses a child's exact age. Kendall's Tau b was used to determine the reliability of measurements. Prevalence trends were tested using multinomial logistic regression. Pearson's chi-squared test was utilized to assess the statistical significance of differences in BMI by gender, school year, and to compare with similar other Irish studies.; Out of the 5453 children measured, 3493 were aged 6 years old. A further 11 were excluded because of incomplete data. Data were analysed for 3482 6-year-old children. Overall, 27% of 6-year-olds were classified as either overweight or obese. A significantly greater proportion of girls are overweight or obese compared with boys (31% compared with 23%). Gender differences have remained relatively stable from 2004-2007. Overall, there have been no significant changes in the level of obesity from 2004-2007. In addition, when comparing with other Irish studies that collected data for 2001/2, there are no significant differences in obesity levels.; There is a clear need to urgently prioritize the effective management of obesity. Resourses should now be targeted towards ensuring government policies in Ireland and elsewhere are implemented.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1365-2214

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorEvans, D Sen
dc.contributor.authorGlacken, Men
dc.contributor.authorGoggin, Den
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-21T15:38:13Z-
dc.date.available2011-11-21T15:38:13Z-
dc.date.issued2011-05-
dc.identifier.citationChildhood obesity: the extent of the problem among 6-year-old Irish national school children. 2011, 37 (3):352-9 Child Care Health Deven
dc.identifier.issn1365-2214-
dc.identifier.pmid21083692-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01169.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/190133-
dc.description.abstractChildhood obesity is rapidly increasing worldwide. In Ireland, the number of overweight children has trebled over the last decade. The study aimed to provide an assessment of the prevalence of obesity of 6-year-old children in one region of Ireland.-
dc.description.abstractFollowing training, School Public Health Nurses included the measurement of height and weight as part of the annual 'senior infants' school health check for 5453 6-year-old children in 189 schools between 2004 and 2007. Body mass index (BMI) was calculated using the International Obesity Taskforce cut-off points using lmsGrowth (a Microsoft Excel add-in), which uses a child's exact age. Kendall's Tau b was used to determine the reliability of measurements. Prevalence trends were tested using multinomial logistic regression. Pearson's chi-squared test was utilized to assess the statistical significance of differences in BMI by gender, school year, and to compare with similar other Irish studies.-
dc.description.abstractOut of the 5453 children measured, 3493 were aged 6 years old. A further 11 were excluded because of incomplete data. Data were analysed for 3482 6-year-old children. Overall, 27% of 6-year-olds were classified as either overweight or obese. A significantly greater proportion of girls are overweight or obese compared with boys (31% compared with 23%). Gender differences have remained relatively stable from 2004-2007. Overall, there have been no significant changes in the level of obesity from 2004-2007. In addition, when comparing with other Irish studies that collected data for 2001/2, there are no significant differences in obesity levels.-
dc.description.abstractThere is a clear need to urgently prioritize the effective management of obesity. Resourses should now be targeted towards ensuring government policies in Ireland and elsewhere are implemented.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.titleChildhood obesity: the extent of the problem among 6-year-old Irish national school children.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Service Executive West, Department of Public Health, Merlin Park Hospital, Galway, Ireland. david.evans@hse.ieen
dc.identifier.journalChild: care, health and developmenten
dc.description.provinceConnacht-

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