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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 153-155

Is obesity a problem among school children?

1 Col Health and Senior Adviser Community Medicine, HQ 3 Corps (Med), Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi, India
2 Classified Specialist Community Medicine, HQ 10 Corps (Med), Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi, India
3 Classified Specialist Community Medicine, Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi, India

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Rajesh Kunwar
Col Health, HQ 3 Corps (Med), C/o 99 APO
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DOI: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_430_16

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Reduction of premature mortality due to noncommunicable diseases through prevention and control forms the core issue of target 3.4 of sustainable development goals. Childhood obesity is an important public health challenge today. The current study was carried out in a large military station of North East India to find out prevalence of obesity among schoolchildren using World Health Organization body mass index-for-age charts for boys and girls. A total of 793 schoolchildren comprising of 328 girls and 465 boys between the age groups of 6 and 19 years were included. The prevalence of overweight and obesity among girls was 9.76% and 1.22%; and among boys, it was 10.97% and 3.23%, respectively. Overweight and obesity were more common among boys as compared to girls under the age of 13 years but trend changed afterwards. Lower prevalence of overweight and obesity found in our study could be because of availability of healthful environment in schools.

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