Prevalence of overweight and obese school children aged between 7 to 16 years amongst the major 3 ethnic groups in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

K. Kasmini, M. N. Idris, A. Fatimah, S. Hanafiah, H. Iran, M. N. Asmah

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    Abstract

    6239 children aged 7 to 16 years, attending 22 primary and secondary schools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were screened using a self report questionnaire, with their heights and weights measured using a digital electronic SECA beam balance. The selection was done by a two staged stratified random sampling from a total of 226 schools in Kuala Lumpur. The racial distribution was 56.7% Malays, 33.8% Chinese and 8.1% Indians; 3.6% (n:222) of the children were identified as obese and 6% (n:373) identified as overweight The definitions of obese and overweight were computed using growth charts of the National Centre for Hearth Statistics (NCHS) from the median of the reference population. There were no significant differences amongst the 3 major ethnic groups in the obese group. The differences were significant in the overweight group with the Indians most overweight, followed by the Chinese and the Malays.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)172-174
    Number of pages3
    JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
    Volume6
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1997

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    Ethnic Groups
    Growth Charts
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    Weights and Measures
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    Keywords

    • Chinese
    • Epidemiology
    • Indian
    • Kuala Lumpur
    • Malay
    • Malaysia
    • Obese
    • Overweight
    • Prevalence
    • School children

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    Prevalence of overweight and obese school children aged between 7 to 16 years amongst the major 3 ethnic groups in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. / Kasmini, K.; Idris, M. N.; Fatimah, A.; Hanafiah, S.; Iran, H.; Asmah, M. N.

    In: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 6, No. 3, 1997, p. 172-174.

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    Kasmini, K. ; Idris, M. N. ; Fatimah, A. ; Hanafiah, S. ; Iran, H. ; Asmah, M. N. / Prevalence of overweight and obese school children aged between 7 to 16 years amongst the major 3 ethnic groups in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1997 ; Vol. 6, No. 3. pp. 172-174.
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