Overweight and obesity trends in Copenhagen schoolchildren from 2002 to 2007
Article first published online: 28 MAY 2010
© 2010 The Author(s)/Journal Compilation © 2010 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica
Volume 99, Issue 11, pages 1675–1678, November 2010
How to Cite
Pearson, S., Hansen, B., Sørensen, T. I. and Baker, J. L. (2010), Overweight and obesity trends in Copenhagen schoolchildren from 2002 to 2007. Acta Paediatrica, 99: 1675–1678. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2010.01897.x
- Issue published online: 28 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 28 MAY 2010
- Received 30 December 2009; revised 22 March 2010; accepted 21 May 2010.
- Body mass index;
Aim: The purpose of this study is to monitor the prevalence trend in overweight and obesity among Copenhagen schoolchildren from the school years 2002 to 2007.
Methods: Copenhagen community health service doctors conducted routine examinations at school entry (ages 5–8 years) and exit (ages 14–16 years). Body mass index (kg/m2) of 33 245 schoolchildren was calculated. The prevalence of overweight (including obesity) and obesity was classified using the International Obesity Task Force definitions.
Results: From 2002 to 2007, although the prevalence of overweight (including obesity) in young girls decreased from 17.8 to 15.9%, the trend was non-significant. In young boys, the trend slightly decreased, and the prevalence fell from 14.0 to 11.6%. In adolescent girls, the prevalence varied considerably and increased from 22.7 to 25.4% without a discernable trend. In adolescent boys, the trend slightly increased, and the prevalence rose from 15.8 to 18.9%. There were no significant changes in the prevalence of obesity.
Conclusion: In contrast to the preceding decades, we identified a potential stagnation in the obesity epidemic among children but a continuing increase among adolescents. It remains critical to continue monitoring and to increase preventive measures to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity.