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Prevalence of thinness, overweight and obesity among Tibetan adolescents aged 12-17 years

Zhang, Y, Sun, J, Zhao, M, Magnussen, CG ORCID: 0000-0002-6238-5730 and Xi, B 2021 , 'Prevalence of thinness, overweight and obesity among Tibetan adolescents aged 12-17 years' , Public Health Nutrition, vol. 24, no. 13 , pp. 4017-4022 , doi: 10.1017/S1368980021000215.

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Abstract

Objective: To estimate the prevalence of thinness, overweight and obesity among Tibetan adolescents aged 12-17 years.Design: Cross-sectional survey.Setting: City of Tibet municipality, with an average altitude of more than 4000 m.Participants: Study participants included 2642 adolescents aged 12-17 years selected from six schools using a convenient cluster sampling method.Results: The prevalence of thinness/overweight/obesity among Tibetan adolescents was 9·4 %/5·4 %/1·4 % (China definition), 14·7 %/4·4 %/0·7 % (International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) definition), and 2·8 %/5·7 %/0·9 % (WHO definition). The prevalence of thinness and overweight was significantly different between both sexes based on each of three BMI classification criteria (P P > 0·05), whereas an upward trend was observed for thinness in boys according to the IOTF definition (Pfor trend Pfor trend Conclusions: Among Tibetan adolescents, the prevalence of overweight and obesity is relatively low, while the prevalence of thinness is high, especially in boys. These data suggest urgent attention is needed to control adolescent thinness in Tibet.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Zhang, Y and Sun, J and Zhao, M and Magnussen, CG and Xi, B
Keywords: adolescents, obesity, overweight, thinness, Tibet
Journal or Publication Title: Public Health Nutrition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1368-9800
DOI / ID Number: 10.1017/S1368980021000215
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