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Growing Up in Ireland - Overweight and Obesity Among 9-Year-Olds (Executive Summary)

Creator:

Layte, R. and McCrory, C., Growing Up in Ireland

Subject Keywords: Children, Overweight, Obesity, Weight management
Topic: Obesity
Chronic Conditions
Obesity
Type: Report
Region: All-island
Description:

Ireland, like many other countries, has experienced a significant increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents in recent decades. Excess weight in childhood can have serious health consequences both in childhood and later life.This report uses data from the first wave of the child cohort of the Growing Up in Ireland Study (GUI) to examine the pattern of overweight and obesity among nine-year-old children and the factors associated with it. Detailed information on the child, parents, teachers and principals was gathered in the child’s home and school. Physical measures of the child and their parent’s height and weight were taken and this information was used to construct a body mass index (BMI) for parents and children. Parents were asked many questions about the behaviours of their child, including level of physical activity, quality of diet and sedentary activities such as watching TV and computer gaming.

Date:

09/11/2011

Rights: © Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, 2011
Suggested citation:

Layte, R. and McCrory, C., Growing Up in Ireland. (2011) Growing Up in Ireland - Overweight and Obesity Among 9-Year-Olds (Executive Summary) [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/97828 [Accessed: 20th July 2019].

  

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