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The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland: Descriptives of childhood obesity risk factors

Creator:

Heinen MM et al, Health Service Executive (HSE)

Subject Keywords: Obesity, Overweight, Child health, Childhood obesity, Primary school
Topic: Obesity
Obesity
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

The prevalence of obesity in children has been rising rapidly, leading to many serious health consequences worldwide. It is important in trying to combat childhood obesity, to investigate factors that might contribute to this epidemic. These factors include amongst others, diet, physical activity, family’s socioeconomic characteristics, birth weight and breastfeeding.

In 2008, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe issued recommendations and guidelines for regular collection of data on weight, height, and waist and hip circumference in children worldwide in order to monitor prevalence trends of growth, overweight and obesity. Furthermore, data collection on possible risk factors contributing to childhood obesity was also encouraged. The Department of Health and the Health Service Executive commissioned the National Nutrition Surveillance Centre, based at the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science in University College Dublin, to carry out this surveillance work in the Republic of Ireland. This Irish survey is affiliated with the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative, which was set up in 2006 by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, with an initial 13 Member States participating.

In two previous reports, the data on anthropometric measurements of this Irish surveillance work, collected over three time points in primary schoolchildren, was described. The current report presents findings of possible risk factors contributing to childhood obesity. These were collected during the second data collection round in 2010 for first class and third class children and during the third round of data collection in 2012 for first class children only. This data was collected through the Family Questionnaire completed by the parents of the children who had been measured. First, we investigated whether there were differences between both first class cohorts. Secondly, we investigated whether there were differences between children who attended the Department of Education and Skills designated disadvantaged schools (the so called DEIS schools) and children in other schools.

Date:

01/07/2016

Rights: © HSE
Suggested citation:

Heinen MM et al, Health Service Executive (HSE). (2016) The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland: Descriptives of childhood obesity risk factors [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/1042744 [Accessed: 24th August 2019].

  

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