Prevalence of overweight and obesity in school children in Tebessa [eastern Algeria] between 1995 and 2007
AbstractThis study assessed the prevalence of overweight and obesity among public-school children aged 4 to 13 years in Tebessa, eastern Algeria over 10/12 years. Weight and height measurements of 21 618 schoolchildren were obtained from their health cards for 1995 to 2007 [49.4% girls and 50.6% boys]. The prevalence of overweight and obesity in 2005/2007 was 8.49%, down from 17.39% in 1995/1998. Overweight decreased from 12.55% to 6.38% [P= 0.0001] and obesity from 4.48% to 1.80% [P= 0.0001] over the same time period. Children aged 10 to 13 years were the only ones who showed changes during this period. More girls were obese than boys [3.20% versus 2.82%, P= 0.033], while more boys were overweight [8.73% versus 7.94%, P= 0.034]. While the rates of overweight and obesity have decreased over 10/12 years, the rates still suggest the need for epidemiological surveillance and the development of a health-oriented strategy for prevention of childhood obesity
Taleb, S., Oulamara, H. & Agli, A.N. (2013). Prevalence of overweight and obesity in school children in Tebessa [eastern Algeria] between 1995 and 2007. EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 19 (7), 649 - 656, 2013 http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118566
JournalEMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 19 (7), 649 - 656, 2013
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Summary report on the Regional consultation on the prevention and control of childhood overweight and obesity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region Cairo, Egypt 2–3 July 2015 World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO-EM/HLP/092/E, 2015)