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Female gender and wealth are associated to overweight among adolescents in La Paz, Bolivia

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dc.contributor.author Pérez-Cueto, A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Almanza, M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Kolsteren, P. W. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-12-06T14:43:23Z
dc.date.available 2007-12-06T14:43:23Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0954-3004 en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602040
dc.identifier.other ITG-H1B en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-HLA en_US
dc.identifier.other HEALTH en_US
dc.identifier.other U-VOED en_US
dc.identifier.other JIF en_US
dc.identifier.other ABSTRACT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10390/1387
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence of overweight, obesity and being thin in adolescents of La Paz City, Bolivia. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study, clustered sampling. SETTING: La Paz, Bolivia, August-September 2003. SUBJECTS: Height and weight of 525 adolescents (mean age 16 y; s.d.+/-1.3) attending public and private schools were measured; sociodemographic characteristics were assessed with a short questionnaire. RESULTS: The present study reveals that 9.3% (+/-2.5) of the sample are thin adolescents; 19.8% (+/-3.4) is the overall prevalence of overweight and 2.3% (+/-1.3) the overall prevalence of obesity. The odds of being thin were higher among those working (P=0.03) and among those of higher age (P<0.001). The odds of being overweight were higher among female subjects (P<0.001). The odds of being obese were higher among younger adolescents (P=0.046) and among the more wealthy ones (P=0.044). CONCLUSIONS: A large prevalence of 22% overweight/obesity in adolescents from La Paz City was observed. The findings support the need of enhanced nutritional surveillance and interventions particularly in female adolescents. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Nutritional transition en_US
dc.subject Adolescents en_US
dc.subject Nutritional status en_US
dc.subject Obesity en_US
dc.subject Malnutrition en_US
dc.subject Prevalence en_US
dc.subject Body mass index en_US
dc.subject Risk factors en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Socioeconomic status en_US
dc.subject Bolivia en_US
dc.subject America, Latin en_US
dc.title Female gender and wealth are associated to overweight among adolescents in La Paz, Bolivia en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.citation.jtitle European Journal of Clinical Nutrition en_US
dc.citation.volume 59 en_US
dc.citation.pages 82-87 en_US
dc.identifier.pmid http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15305181
dc.citation.jabbreviation Eur J Clin Nutr en_US


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