Alarming prevalences of overweight and obesity for children of Turkish, Moroccan and Dutch origin in the Netherlands according to international standards
van Buuren, S.
Hira Sing, R.A.
Aim: Prevalences of overweight in The Netherlands, defined by international cut-off points, are presented in 14 500 children of Dutch origin, 2904 of Turkish and 2855 of Moroccan origin, aged 0-21 y. Results: The mean prevalence for Turkish boys and girls was 23.4% and 30.2%, for Moroccans 15.8% and 24.5%, for Dutch youths in large cities 12.6% and 16.5%, and for other Dutch participants 8.7% and 11.3%, respectively. Conclusion: The development of adequate prevention strategies is urgently needed. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.
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Body mass index
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Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 94 (4), 496-498