Childhood obesity and early prevention of cardiovascular disease: Iranian families act too late

M Maddah
International Journal of Cardiology 2008 May 23, 126 (2): 292-4
This study described overweight/obese children and adolescents seeking weight loss treatment regarding their age, gender, severity of obesity and maternal education in Rasht city, northern Iran. Data on 1465 overweight/obese children and adolescents aged 2-18 years engaged in weight loss program were analyzed in this study. These data included age, sex, weight, height, self-reported parental weight and height, history of dieting, and mother's level of education. There were more overweight/obese girls engaged in weight loss program than overweight/obese boys (71.2% vs. 28.8% p<0.0001). These data showed that only 18.2% of the overweight/obese children and adolescents were from families with low maternal education. These data suggest that parents of overweight/obese children and adolescents from low social level, boys and young children across all maternal educational levels should be warned against the risk of obesity.

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