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Keywords:

  • Turkish;
  • Moroccan;
  • ethnicity;
  • body mass index;
  • overweight;
  • The Netherlands

Abstract

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.