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Prevalence and incidence of overweight and obesity among Vietnamese preschool children

News: Jun 28, 2017

Loan Minh Do who defended her PhD thesis during Spring recently got her fourth and final study within the thesis "Childhood overweight and obesity in preschool children - an emerging problem in urban and rural Vietnam" published. The aim of the study was to describe the changes in prevalence of overweight and obesity within a cohort of preschool children followed for 3 years, and to estimate the incidences in urban and rural children of Hanoi, Vietnam. 

During the three-year follow-up, the overall estimated prevalence of overweight increased from 9.1% to 16.7%. For the urban children, the increase was considerably higher. The overall prevalence of obesity decreased from 6.4% to 4.5% with less decrease in the urban children. In the group of children who were overweight and obese at the start of the study, 41.4% and 30.7%, respectively, remained in the same state three years later. The incidence of overweight and obesity during the three years were 12.4% and 2.7%, respectively. Boys were more likely to develop obesity than girls.

The full article of the study can be read here.



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