Hospital based prevalence of overweight in pediatrics visiting OPD
Dr. Sushil Kumar Pathak, Dr. Amit Kumar
Aim: The aim was to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity among 6– year-old children. Methods: This is a survey of 1774 children from different child care health centres in Patna, Bihar. Body mass index data extracted retrospectively from health records at the age of 6 years was compared with international definitions of over- and underweight. The prevalence figures were further compared with socio-demographic figures on municipality level. Results: Overall, 19 % of the children were classified as overweight or obese; 5 % were classified as obese. The prevalence of overweight and obesity was higher among girls (22%) than among boys (16%). The prevalence of underweight was 8 % among both girls and boys. Despite large variations in the prevalence of overweight and obesity between municipalities (9-35%), no association was found with municipality figures on socio-demographic factors. Conclusion: The prevalence of overweight including obesity among 6- year-old children was somewhat higher.
Dr. Sushil Kumar Pathak, Dr. Amit Kumar. Hospital based prevalence of overweight in pediatrics visiting OPD. International Journal of Medical and Health Research, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2017, Pages 104-106