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BMC Public Health

, 7:187

First Online: 31 July 2007Received: 13 December 2006Accepted: 31 July 2007DOI: 10.1186-1471-2458-7-187

Cite this article as: Whelton, H., Harrington, J., Crowley, E. et al. BMC Public Health 2007 7: 187. doi:10.1186-1471-2458-7-187

Abstract

BackgroundChildhood obesity is emerging as a major public health problem in developed and developing countries worldwide. The aim of this survey was to establish baseline data on the prevalence and correlates of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents in the Republic of Ireland RoI and Northern Ireland NI.

MethodsThe heights and weights of 19,617 school-going children and adolescents aged between 4 and 16 years in NI and RoI were measured using standardised and calibrated scales and measures. The participants were a representative cross-sectional sample of children randomly selected on the basis of age, gender and geographical location of the school attended. Overweight and obesity were classified according to standard IOTF criteria.

ResultsMales were taller than females, children in RoI were taller than those in NI and the more affluent were taller than the less well off. The overall prevalence of overweight and obesity was higher among females than males in both jurisdictions. Overall, almost one in four boys 23% RoI and NI and over one in four girls 28% RoI, 25% NI were either overweight or obese. In RoI, the highest prevalence of overweight was among 13 year old girls 32% and obesity among 7 year old girls 11%. In NI the highest prevalence of overweight and obesity were found among 11 and 8 year old girls respectively 33% and 13%.

ConclusionThese figures confirm the emergence of the obesity epidemic among children in Ireland, a wealthy country with the European Union. The results serve to underpin the urgency of implementing broad intersectoral measures to reduce calorie intake and increase levels of physical activity, particularly among children.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2458-7-187 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Helen Whelton, Janas Harrington contributed equally to this work.

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Author: Helen Whelton - Janas Harrington - Evelyn Crowley - Virginia Kelleher - Michael Cronin - Ivan J Perry

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