Acta Scientific Paediatrics (ISSN: 2581-883X)

Research Article Volume 3 Issue 1

Prevalence of Obesity and its Risk Factors in Children: A Small Hospital based Study

Richa Sharma*

Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, SLBS GMC, India

*Corresponding Author: Richa Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, SLBS GMC, India.

Received: November 18, 2019; Published: December 06, 2019



  There has been a rapid upsurge in childhood obesity for the past few decades. Approximately 17% of children are obese worldwide. Its amongst the easiest medical conditions to recognise yet one the most difficult to treat. As it requires long term lifestyle modifications. Aim of this study was to see the prevalence of obesity and factors contributing to it amongst adolescent children between the of age of 11 to 16 years. 200 adolescent children were selected from the out patient department of the SLBSGMC. Questions were asked to them which comprised of features like daily physical activity, screen time, frequency of consumption of junk food, pattern of eating, etc. Height was measured on stado meter and weight on weighing scale respectively. Statistical analysis was done by SPSS 16 and MS excel. Among them 56.5% were boys. 65% students were of 13 to 14 years of age. As per body mass index, 42.5% children were under weight and 15% were obese and overweight. 73% of the children were having junk food more than once in a week.

KeywordsObesity; Children; Junk Food



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Citation: Richa Sharma. "Prevalence of Obesity and its Risk Factors in Children: A Small Hospital based Study".Acta Scientific Paediatrics 3.1 (2020): 02-05.


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