From their school health files, the body mass index of 2607 children, 1268 boys and 1339 girls, from the Brussels region of Belgium was analysed.
The aim was to study the relationship between obesity and social class, gender and nationality.
In Belgian girls, the lower their social class, the higher was the prevalence and severity of obesity.
There was no such significant relationship in Belgian boys, nor in immigrant children of either sex, although the overall prevalence of obesity was similar in all groups.
These results question certain hypotheses proposed to explain the relationship between social class and obesity.
Mots-clés Pascal : Obésité, Epidémiologie, Enquête sur terrain, Classe sociale, Prévalence, Nationalité, Indice masse corporelle, Age scolaire, Ethnie, Enfant, Homme, Belgique, Europe, Etat nutritionnel, Trouble nutrition, Métabolisme pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Obesity, Epidemiology, Field inquiry, Social class, Prevalence, Nationality, Body mass index, School age, Ethnic group, Child, Human, Belgium, Europe, Nutritional status, Nutrition disorder, Metabolic diseases
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0248532
Code Inist : 002B22B. Création : 11/09/1998.