Prevalence and correlates of obesity in insulin dependent diabetic patients

E. Bognetti, P. Macellaro, D. Novelli, F. Meschi, F. Ciralli, G. Chiumello

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The prevalence of obesity, according to sex and pubertal stage, and the correlations between obesity and metabolic data were investigated in 286 diabetic patients (164 boys, 122 girls) with mean (SD) age 15.3 (3.2) years and mean (SD) duration of diabetes 7.5 (4.1) years. Prevalence of obesity according to the body mass index (BMI) criteria was 6.3%. Girls were more often obese than boys but the prevalence approached statistical significance only for the BMI criteria, at 9.8% v 3.7% (χ2=3.5; p=0.06); obesity was independent of pubertal stage. Distribution of BMI values of diabetic girls was skewed towards the high centiles of the INSERM tables: 75th centile, 48.2% (χ2=19.17, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-242
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • adolescence
  • body mass index
  • obesity
  • type I diabetes mellitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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