Trends and prevalence of overweight and obesity in primary school aged children in the Republic of Ireland from 2002-2012: a systematic review

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/332802
Title:
Trends and prevalence of overweight and obesity in primary school aged children in the Republic of Ireland from 2002-2012: a systematic review
Authors:
Keane, Eimear; Kearney, Patricia M; Perry, Ivan J; Kelleher, Cecily C; Harrington, Janas M
Affiliation:
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork,School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, University College Dublin
Citation:
BMC Public Health. 2014 Oct 14;14(1):974
Publisher:
BioMed Central
Issue Date:
14-Oct-2014
URI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-974; http://hdl.handle.net/10147/332802
Abstract:
Abstract Background The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in developed countries appears to be levelling off. As trends in childhood obesity prevalence have not been examined over the past decade in the Republic of Ireland, this systematic review aims to compile and synthesise all available information on the prevalence of overweight and obesity in primary school aged children between 2002 and 2012. Methods Systematic review of published and grey literature containing data on objectively measured height and weight. Inclusion criteria included studies where data was collected between 2002 and 2012 from at least 200 primary school aged children in the Republic of Ireland. Database searching, Google searching, reference searching and contact with obesity experts was undertaken. Overweight, obesity and morbid obesity were defined using standard International Obesity Taskforce definitions. Study quality was assessed. Results Fourteen studies (16 prevalence estimates) met the inclusion criteria. The combined prevalence of overweight and obesity within the studies ranged from 20-34%. No significant trend in overweight prevalence over time was observed (p=0.6). However, there was evidence of a slight decrease in obesity prevalence over the period (p=0.01), with a similar though non-significant decline in the prevalence of morbid obesity (p=0.2). Conclusion The findings of this systematic review require cautious interpretation though the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in the Republic of Ireland has reached a plateau and may be falling. These findings provide some ground for optimism though the current plateau is at an unacceptably high level. Thus current population based preventive strategies need to be sustained and intensified.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in developed countries appears to be levelling off. As trends in childhood obesity prevalence have not been examined over the past decade in the Republic of Ireland, this systematic review aims to compile and synthesise all available information on the prevalence of overweight and obesity in primary school aged children between 2002 and 2012.
Keywords:
CHILD; OBESITY; PUBLIC HEALTH; PREVALENCE
Local subject classification:
CHILDHOOD OBESITY

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dc.contributor.authorKeane, Eimearen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKearney, Patricia Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorPerry, Ivan Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKelleher, Cecily Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHarrington, Janas Men_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-15T11:48:28Z-
dc.date.available2014-10-15T11:48:28Z-
dc.date.issued2014-10-14-
dc.identifier.citationBMC Public Health. 2014 Oct 14;14(1):974en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-974-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/332802-
dc.descriptionThe prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in developed countries appears to be levelling off. As trends in childhood obesity prevalence have not been examined over the past decade in the Republic of Ireland, this systematic review aims to compile and synthesise all available information on the prevalence of overweight and obesity in primary school aged children between 2002 and 2012.en_GB
dc.description.abstractAbstract Background The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in developed countries appears to be levelling off. As trends in childhood obesity prevalence have not been examined over the past decade in the Republic of Ireland, this systematic review aims to compile and synthesise all available information on the prevalence of overweight and obesity in primary school aged children between 2002 and 2012. Methods Systematic review of published and grey literature containing data on objectively measured height and weight. Inclusion criteria included studies where data was collected between 2002 and 2012 from at least 200 primary school aged children in the Republic of Ireland. Database searching, Google searching, reference searching and contact with obesity experts was undertaken. Overweight, obesity and morbid obesity were defined using standard International Obesity Taskforce definitions. Study quality was assessed. Results Fourteen studies (16 prevalence estimates) met the inclusion criteria. The combined prevalence of overweight and obesity within the studies ranged from 20-34%. No significant trend in overweight prevalence over time was observed (p=0.6). However, there was evidence of a slight decrease in obesity prevalence over the period (p=0.01), with a similar though non-significant decline in the prevalence of morbid obesity (p=0.2). Conclusion The findings of this systematic review require cautious interpretation though the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in the Republic of Ireland has reached a plateau and may be falling. These findings provide some ground for optimism though the current plateau is at an unacceptably high level. Thus current population based preventive strategies need to be sustained and intensified.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBioMed Centralen_GB
dc.subjectCHILDen_GB
dc.subjectOBESITYen_GB
dc.subjectPUBLIC HEALTHen_GB
dc.subjectPREVALENCEen_GB
dc.subject.otherCHILDHOOD OBESITYen_GB
dc.titleTrends and prevalence of overweight and obesity in primary school aged children in the Republic of Ireland from 2002-2012: a systematic reviewen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork,School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, University College Dublinen_GB
dc.language.rfc3066en-
dc.rights.holderEimear Keane et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.-
dc.description.statusPeer Reviewed-
dc.date.updated2014-10-14T03:02:47Z-
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