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    Prevalence Rates and Comparisons of Obesity Levels in Ireland

    Barron, Carol and Comiskey, Catherine and Saris, A. Jamie (2009) Prevalence Rates and Comparisons of Obesity Levels in Ireland. British Journal of Nursing, 18 (13). pp. 799-803. ISSN 0966-0461

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    This article compares the prevalence of the overweight and obesity levels in Irish school children aged 4–13 years from data collected by one of the authors in 2007, with data collected from a previous Irish study in 2002 by Whelton et al (2007). Both data sets were analyzed using the International Obesity Taskforse (IOTF) international cut-off points for body mass index (BMI). From the data collected in 2007 the overall prevalence of the overweight was 17.8% and the rate of obesity was 6.8%. The prevalence of the overweight and obese was 24.6%. No correlation was found between gender and BMI, however a positive and significant correlation was observed between age and BMI, indicating that as age increased so too did BMI (R = 0.35, p < 0.001). Comparing results with data from 2002 (Whelton et al, 2007), no statistically significant changes in the proportions of overweight and obese children were observed within this age group in the 5-year period from 2002 to 2007. While the results of our data suggest that rates of being overweight or obese among Irish children in this age group may be stabilizing, larger and preferably longitudinal Irish studies are required if this assertion is to be fully validated in the Irish context.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Body mass index; Children; Financial implications; Health risks of obesity; Ireland; Obesity; Overweight;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 9137
    Depositing User: Dr. A. Jamie Saris
    Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 15:45
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Nursing
    Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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