Prevalence of overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland: results from the North South Survey of Children's Height, Weight and Body Mass Index, 2002

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dc.contributor.author Whelton, Helen
dc.contributor.author Harrington, Janas M.
dc.contributor.author Crowley, Evelyn
dc.contributor.author Kelleher, Virginia
dc.contributor.author Cronin, Michael S.
dc.contributor.author Perry, Ivan J.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-29T11:22:00Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-29T11:22:00Z
dc.date.copyright 2007
dc.date.issued 2007-07-31
dc.identifier.citation Whelton H., Harrington J., Crowley E., Kelleher V., Cronin M., Perry I.J., 2007. Prevalence of overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland: results from the North South Survey of Children’s Height, Weight and Body Mass Index, 2002. BMC Public Health, 7, p.187. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-7-187 en
dc.identifier.volume 7 en
dc.identifier.startpage 187 en
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2458
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/85
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/1471-2458-7-187
dc.description.abstract Background: Childhood obesity is emerging as a major public health problem in developed and developing countries worldwide. The aim of this survey was to establish baseline data on the prevalence and correlates of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents in the Republic of Ireland (RoI) and Northern Ireland (NI). Methods: The heights and weights of 19,617 school-going children and adolescents aged between 4 and 16 years in NI and RoI were measured using standardised and calibrated scales and measures. The participants were a representative cross-sectional sample of children randomly selected on the basis of age, gender and geographical location of the school attended. Overweight and obesity were classified according to standard IOTF criteria. Results: Males were taller than females, children in RoI were taller than those in NI and the more affluent were taller than the less well off. The overall prevalence of overweight and obesity was higher among females than males in both jurisdictions. Overall, almost one in four boys (23% RoI and NI) and over one in four girls (28% RoI, 25% NI) were either overweight or obese. In RoI, the highest prevalence of overweight was among 13 year old girls (32%) and obesity among 7 year old girls (11%). In NI the highest prevalence of overweight and obesity were found among 11 and 8 year old girls respectively (33% and 13%). Conclusion: These figures confirm the emergence of the obesity epidemic among children in Ireland, a wealthy country with the European Union. The results serve to underpin the urgency of implementing broad intersectoral measures to reduce calorie intake and increase levels of physical activity, particularly among children. en
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dc.publisher BioMed Central Ltd. en
dc.rights © 2007 Whelton et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. en
dc.subject Childhood obesity en
dc.subject.lcsh Obesity in children -- Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Body mass index -- Children en
dc.title Prevalence of overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland: results from the North South Survey of Children's Height, Weight and Body Mass Index, 2002 en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
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dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucc.ie/en/epid/mstaff/jaharrington/ en
dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucc.ie/en/epid/mstaff/ivperry/ en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Helen Whelton, WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Services Research, University College Cork, Ireland en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Evelyn Crowley, WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Services Research, University College Cork, Ireland en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Virginia Kelleher, WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Services Research, University College Cork, Ireland en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Janas Harrington, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland. E-mail: j.harrington@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Michael Cronin, Department of Statistics, University College Cork, Ireland en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Ivan J Perry, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland. Email: i.perry@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle BMC Public Health en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress j.harrington@ucc.ie en


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