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Article Number - 9B2EAF4659


Vol.1(1), pp. 031-036 , October 2009

ISSN: 2141-2316



Full Length Research Paper

Tracking of overweight among urban school children: A 4 years cohort study in Sousse Tunisia


Harrabi Imed1, Maatoug Maaloul Jihene1*, Ben Hammouda Hamida1, Gaha Rafika1, Lazreg Fatma2, Boussaadia Amel2 and Ghannem Hassen11.




1Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Farhat Hached Hospital, BP 126 4002 Sousse Tunisia.

2Regional Direction of Scholar Medicine, Tunisia.


Email: jihen_maatoug@yahoo.fr






 Accepted: 18 September 2009  Published: 31 October 2009

Copyright © 2009 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


Our objective was to examine tracking patterns of body mass index (BMI) as well as their predictors between childhood and adolescence. A cohort of 452 Tunisian children aged 13 - 15 years was followed for 4 years (1999 - 2003). Tracking of BMI was defined as in individual maintaining a certain status or relative position (relative BMI quartile) overtime. After 4 years, almost 50% of the subjects had maintained their relative positions, but 25% had moved into a lower or higher quartile. The BMIs of thin and fat were more likely to track: 61.9 and 66.7% remained in the bottom and upper quartiles, respectively. Overweight children were 2.6 times as likely as all other children to become overweight adolescents. Individual’s initial BMIs, sex and socioeconomic status helped to predict tracking and change in BMI. Predictors of overweight tracking found in this study would be useful to select children at risk for preventive intervention.

 

Key words: Obesity, adolescents, cardiovascular risk factor.


APA (2009). Tracking of overweight among urban school children: A 4 years cohort study in Sousse Tunisia. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, 1(1), 031-036.
Chicago Harrabi Imed, Maatoug Maaloul Jihene, Ben Hammouda Hamida, Gaha Rafika, Lazreg Fatma, Boussaadia Amel and Ghannem Hassen.. "Tracking of overweight among urban school children: A 4 years cohort study in Sousse Tunisia." Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology 1, no. 1 (2009): 031-036.
MLA Harrabi Imed, et al. "Tracking of overweight among urban school children: A 4 years cohort study in Sousse Tunisia." Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology 1.1 (2009): 031-036.
   
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