Objective: To estimate the frequency of obesity and overweight in various Italian regions in comparison to previous studies. Methods: We have collected the anthropometric data of 7291 children attending the second class of the primary school and the first class of the secondary school in 13 Italian cities (9 regions) during 1991/1992. We have used Relative Body Weight (RBW = real weight/ideal weight * 100) as definition of ponderal excess defining overweight the subjects with RBW comprised between 120% and 140% (Group A), and obese those with RBW > 140% (Group B). Results: The frequencies of overweight (Group A) and obesity (Group B) turned out to be respectively of 16.5% and 6.9% in males and of 12.7% and 3.6% in females both showing a significant trend with age. The frequencies of the subjects with RBW > 120% and with RBW > 140%, meaningfully turned out to be higher in southern Italy than in northern centers (respective 26.1% vs. 16.5% and 8.0% vs. 3.7%). Conclusions: Our study has confirmed the increased frequency of overweight and obesity as it is currently observed in many developed countries. The importance of such phenomenon on the state of health of the population will have to be investigated by means of further epidemiological studies.
|Translated title of the contribution||Multicentric study on the frequency of obesity in school-age children in Italy|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Rivista Italiana di Pediatria|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health