Alarming prevalences of overweight and obesity for children of Turkish, Moroccan and Dutch origin in The Netherlands according to international standards
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
Volume 94, Issue 4, pages 496–498, April 2005
How to Cite
Miranda Fredriks, A., van Buuren, S., Hira Sing, R. A., Maarten Wit, J. and Pauline Verloove-vanhorick, S. (2005), Alarming prevalences of overweight and obesity for children of Turkish, Moroccan and Dutch origin in The Netherlands according to international standards. Acta Paediatrica, 94: 496–498. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2005.tb01923.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Received 29 December 2003; Revised 08 July 2004; Accepted 22 July 2004
- body mass index;
- The Netherlands
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.