Alarming prevalences of overweight and obesity for children of Turkish, Moroccan and Dutch origin in The Netherlands according to international standards


A. M. Fredriks, TNO Prevention and Health, PO Box 2215, 2301 CE Leiden, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 71 518 1727. Fax: +31 71 518 1920. E-mail:


Aim: Prevalences of overweight in The Netherlands, defined by international cut-off points, are presented in 14 500 children of Dutch origin, 2904 of Turkish and 2855 of Moroccan origin, aged 0–21 y. Results: The mean prevalence for Turkish boys and girls was 23.4% and 30.2%, for Moroccans 15.8% and 24.5%, for Dutch youths in large cities 12.6% and 16.5%, and for other Dutch participants 8.7% and 11.3%, respectively.

Conclusion: The development of adequate prevention strategies is urgently needed.