Results of blood pressure screening in a population of school-aged children in the province of Milan: Role of overweight

Simonetta Genovesi, Marco Giussani, Federico Pieruzzi, Federico Vigorita, Claudia Arcovio, Silvio Cavuto, Andrea Stella

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Objectives: To study the prevalence of high blood pressure (BP) in an Italian paediatric population, and to verify whether in this population elevated BP values are associated with overweight (OW). Study design: Children (1206 males, 1210 females) from the lower-grade public schools (ages 6-11 years) were studied. Body weight, height and BP were measured in each child. Elevated BP was defined if resting systolic and/or diastolic BP values equalled or exceeded the 95th percentile according to gender, age and height, based on the US normative BP tables. Overweight children were identified using four different methods: (1) the classification based on the relative body weight; (2) the French references by Rolland-Cachera et al. (Am J Clin Nutr 1982; 36:178-184); (3) the International Obesity Task Force charts; and (4) the Italian charts defined by Cacciari et al. (Eur J Clin Nutr 2002; 56:171-180). Results: The prevalence of high BP in our population was 4.2% and was significantly higher in females (65/1210 = 5.4%) than in males (37/1206 = 3.1%), P = 0.005. The different methods used to define OW provide different estimates of OW prevalence (from 17.0 to 38.6%). The percentage of high BP subjects was significantly higher in OW than in normal-weight children regardless of the method used for the definition of the weight class (P <0.0001), in both genders. In addition, for each age range, absolute systolic and diastolic BP values were higher in OW as compared to normal-weight children both in males and in females (P <0.0001). Conclusions: Our study indicates the importance of performing BP screenings in the paediatric population, and to promote interventions that may reduce the prevalence of OW in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-497
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hypertension
Volume23
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

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Advisory Committees
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Keywords

  • Blood pressure
  • Children
  • Epidemiology
  • Overweight

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  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology

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Genovesi, S., Giussani, M., Pieruzzi, F., Vigorita, F., Arcovio, C., Cavuto, S., & Stella, A. (2005). Results of blood pressure screening in a population of school-aged children in the province of Milan: Role of overweight. Journal of Hypertension, 23(3), 493-497.

Results of blood pressure screening in a population of school-aged children in the province of Milan : Role of overweight. / Genovesi, Simonetta; Giussani, Marco; Pieruzzi, Federico; Vigorita, Federico; Arcovio, Claudia; Cavuto, Silvio; Stella, Andrea.

In: Journal of Hypertension, Vol. 23, No. 3, 03.2005, p. 493-497.

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Genovesi, S, Giussani, M, Pieruzzi, F, Vigorita, F, Arcovio, C, Cavuto, S & Stella, A 2005, 'Results of blood pressure screening in a population of school-aged children in the province of Milan: Role of overweight', Journal of Hypertension, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 493-497.
Genovesi, Simonetta ; Giussani, Marco ; Pieruzzi, Federico ; Vigorita, Federico ; Arcovio, Claudia ; Cavuto, Silvio ; Stella, Andrea. / Results of blood pressure screening in a population of school-aged children in the province of Milan : Role of overweight. In: Journal of Hypertension. 2005 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 493-497.
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