National surveys conducted since 1982 were used to assess maternal and child obesity in Latin American and Caribbean countries and in U.S. residents of Mexican descent.
Obesity in women, a body mass index (BMI) =30 kg/m2, was 3% in Haiti, 8-10% in eight Latin American countries and 29% in Mexican Americans.
Median BMI for Latin American women were near or above the 50th percentile of the general U.S. population ; values exceeded the 75th percentile in the case of Mexican Americans.
The prevalence of overweight (>1 SD above mean weight-for-height) in children 1-5 y of age ranged from 6% in Haiti to 24% in Peru among 13 countries.
Overweight occurred in 24% of Mexican-American children.
Prevalences of overweight in children and of obesity in women were greater in urban areas and in households of higher socioeconomic status.
Overweight in children increased with higher maternal education ; however, in some countries, obesity in women decreased with higher education.
No general pattern of change over time was observed in eight countries in overweight in children.
Obesity in women increased in the three countries with such data and in Mexican-American women and children.
There was a tendency for greater national incomes to be associated with greater obesity levels in women and with lower levels of stunting in children. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Surcharge pondérale, Catégorie socioprofessionnelle, Niveau étude, Epidémiologie, Adulte, Homme, Obésité, Etat nutritionnel, Trouble nutrition, Enfant, Femelle, Mexique, Amérique Centrale, Amérique, Latinoaméricain
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Overweight, Socioeconomic category, Education level, Epidemiology, Adult, Human, Obesity, Nutritional status, Nutrition disorder, Child, Female, Mexico, Central America, America, Latinamerican
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0437310
Code Inist : 002B22B. Création : 25/01/1999.