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WHO Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initivative (COSI):School Return Form

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WHO Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI)

Subject Keywords: Child health, Obesity, Overweight, Weight management, Nutrition, Eating habits, Demographics
Set: Obesity
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Data
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

COSI is led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is part of a pan-European initiative. It is the first standardised, European-wide surveillance system for nutrition policy development. The NNSC carries out this surveillance in Ireland and collects data on children’s weight, height and waist and hip circumference. This surveillance is systematic and involves the collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of descriptive data for monitoring obesity levels and for use in programme planning and evaluation. Surveillance has been carried out in 2008 (children in 1st class, aged 6-7) and in 2010 (children in 1st class, aged 6-7 and in 3rd class, aged 8-9). The School Return Form is completed by the person carrying out the measurements in conjunction with the school Principal. The form includes questions on absenteeism rates on the day of measurement and on the school environment.

Access further information: National Nutrition Surveillance Centre (www.nnsc.ie). World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (www.euro.who.int/en/home)

Key Variables

ID Other (ncludes any form of unique identifier other than PPSN); County (refers to the collection of details of address at the level of county, usually one of the
32 counties in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland)

Unit Of Observation Individual school-going child in 1st class (aged 6-7 years) and 3rd class (aged 8-9 years).
Start Date 2008
Frequency Biennial
Target Population Target population: In 2008, the target study population in Ireland was children aged 7. One group in 1st class per school included in the sample was invited to participate, resulting in the inclusion of both 6- and 7-year-olds due to the age structure of the class. In 2010, the data collection was extended to include 9-year-olds and one group in 3rd class per school included in the sample was invited to participate, resulting in the inclusion of 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds due to the age structure of the class. Sample size: 163 schools. 3,645 registered children (of which 2,632 were measured in 2008) and 6,363 registered children (of which 4,038 were measured in 2010). Response rate: The child response rate was 72% in 2008 and 63.46% in 2010. 131 of the original 163 schools participated in 2010, giving a school response rate of 80.36%.
Method Paper form
Internationally Comparable Studies As a pan-European initiative, COSI enables inter-country comparisons. In the first wave of data collection (2008), surveillance took place in 13 European countries and in the second wave (2010) in 17 European countries.

Date:

01/01/2010

Rights: © Government of Ireland
Suggested citation:

WHO Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI). (2010) WHO Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initivative (COSI):School Return Form [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/865345 [Accessed: 17th October 2017].

  

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