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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 9, Issue:11, November, 2020

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(11): 3391-3401

Prevalence of Childhood Obesity among School Children of Dehradun city, Uttarakhand
Ekta Belwal*, K. Uma Devi and Aparna Kuna
Department of Foods and Nutrition, Post Graduate and Research Centre, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
*Corresponding author

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious problems of 21st century as it has a significant impact on both physical and psychological health of children. The objective of the study was to estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity among school-going children of Dehradun using WHO standards. Based on the monthly fee structure, schools were classified into 3 groups representing different socio-economic classes i.e., high (HSE), middle (MSE) and low (LSE). Two schools were selected from each group. Altogether 6 schools were selected and a total of 1823 school children (6-15 years) were screened for obesity using standard anthropometric measurements of height and weight. Weight-for-age, height-for-age and BMI-for-age percentiles were calculated using WHO AnthroPlus Software. The overall prevalence of obesity and overweight was 7.6 and 3.3% respectively. The Weight-for-age, height-for-age and BMI-for-age percentiles increased with the increasing socio-economic status. Obesity has become an extra burden with the already prevailing problem of under-nutrition in school going children. School, parents and government should work as a team and take timely action to prevent the emerging problem.

Keywords: Overrnutrition, Childhood obesity, Overweight, Socio-economic class, School-going Children, Anthropometry, AnthroPlus Software

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Ekta Belwal, K. Uma Devi and Aparna Kuna. 2020. Prevalence of Childhood Obesity among School Children of Dehradun city, Uttarakhand.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(11): 3391-3401. doi:
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