Obesity in nursery school children in Corum, Turkey
Country of Publication
United Arab Emirates
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Background : Regular body mass index (BMI) screenings in schools is important to ensure that 3- to 6-year-old children are not negatively affected by obesity in terms of their current and future health.
Objectives : The aim of this study was to determine the overweight and obesity results of 3- to 6-year-old children and to guide children and their family in making healthier dietary choices by informing them.
Methods : This analytical-descriptive study was conducted in Corum, Turkey, in the year 2011.
The study’s sample consisted of all available 3- to 6-year-old children entering nursery school (specifically, the Buharaevler, Karsıyaka, Nasrettin Hoca, Ulukavak, Mimar Sinan, and Sevgi nursery schools).
Findings from the study were statistically analyzed using the SPSS 15.0 program.
The Chi-square test and analysis of variance (ANOVA) program were used in the comparison of study data.
A p-value of less than 0.05 was considered significant.
Results: It was determined that 9.5% of the participating female children and 5.2% of the male children were underweight and that the boys were more obese than the girls in general.
The correlation between the child’s gender and their BMI was not found to be statistically significant (P-value > 0.05).
The overweight frequency of the children was 12.1%, and the obesity frequency was 14.3 %.
Furthermore, it was determined that the obesity rates of the children increased with their age.
Accordingly, the correlation between the child’s age and BMI was found to be statistically significant (P-value < 0.05).
Conclusions : An approach to preventing obesity must not be enacted only in health centers.
Schools should also offer information and resources for families in order to prevent obesity in children.
American Psychological Association (APA)
Akca, Selen Ozakar& Uysal, Gulzade& Buyukgonenc, Lale Aysegul. 2016. Obesity in nursery school children in Corum, Turkey. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal،Vol. 18, no. 10, pp.1-6.
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Uysal, Gulzade…[et al.]. Obesity in nursery school children in Corum, Turkey. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal Vol. 18, no. 10 (Oct. 2016), pp.1-6.
American Medical Association (AMA)
Akca, Selen Ozakar& Uysal, Gulzade& Buyukgonenc, Lale Aysegul. Obesity in nursery school children in Corum, Turkey. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal. 2016. Vol. 18, no. 10, pp.1-6.
Includes bibliographical references : p. 5-6
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