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Trends in abdominal obesity among Chinese children and adolescents, 1993-2015

Ma, S, Hou, D, Zhang, Y, Yang, L, Sun, J, Zhao, M, Magnussen, CG ORCID: 0000-0002-6238-5730 and Xi, B 2021 , 'Trends in abdominal obesity among Chinese children and adolescents, 1993-2015' , Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, vol. 34, no. 2 , pp. 163-169 , doi: 10.1515/jpem-2020-0461.

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Abstract

Objectives: The prevalence of general overweight and obesity defined by body mass index criteria has greatly increased in Chinese children and adolescents in recent decades. However, few studies have considered the trend in abdominal obesity in Chinese children and adolescents. This study aimed to examine the secular trends in waist circumference (WC), waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) and the prevalence of abdominal obesity among Chinese children and adolescents aged 6-17 years from 1993 to 2015.Methods: A total of 11,985 children and adolescents aged 6-17 years participated in the China Health and Nutrition Survey, a continuous cross-sectional survey, conducted from 1993 to 2015. Abdominal obesity was defined as WC≥age- and sex-specific 90th percentile based on the reference from Chinese children and adolescents or WHtR≥0.50.Results: After adjustment for age, sex and region, mean WC increased from 60.27 cm in 1993 to 64.31 cm in 2015 (p for trend Conclusions: The prevalence of abdominal obesity among Chinese children and adolescents aged 6-17 years has increased between 1993 and 2015.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ma, S and Hou, D and Zhang, Y and Yang, L and Sun, J and Zhao, M and Magnussen, CG and Xi, B
Keywords: Chinese, abdominal obesity, adolescents, children, trends
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Publisher: Freund Publishing House Ltd
ISSN: 0334-018X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1515/jpem-2020-0461
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