Is the prevalence of overweight and obesity declining among 4-year-old Swedish children?
Article first published online: 7 SEP 2009
© 2009 The Author(s)/Journal Compilation © 2009 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica
Volume 98, Issue 12, pages 1956–1958, December 2009
How to Cite
Bergström, E. and Blomquist, H. K. (2009), Is the prevalence of overweight and obesity declining among 4-year-old Swedish children?. Acta Paediatrica, 98: 1956–1958. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2009.01490.x
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 7 SEP 2009
- Received 3 March 2009; revised 24 June 2009; accepted 28 July 2009.
Aim: To investigate the trend in overweight and obesity prevalence among 4-year-old Swedish children.
Methods: Height and weight data registered at the regular health check up at the child health centres in the county of Västerbotten during the years 2007/2008 (2225 boys and 2156 girls) were analysed and compared with data from 2002/2003 (2231 boys and 2176 girls). Overweight and obesity were estimated using the International Obesity Task Force cut-off values (ISO BMI).
Results: In both boys and girls, overweight prevalence (ISO BMI > 25) decreased over the 5-year period, boys from 17.2% to 14.2% and girls from 22.3% to 19.0%. Among girls, there was also a decrease in obesity prevalence (ISO BMI > 30) from 5.7% to 3.1%.
Conclusion: The result of this study indicates that the overweight and obesity epidemic among Swedish pre-school children may be levelling off.