Revista Paulista de Pediatria
versión impresa ISSN 0103-0582
CASONATTO, Juliano et al. High blood pressure and abdominal obesity in adolescents. Rev. paul. pediatr. [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.4, pp. 567-571. ISSN 0103-0582. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-05822011000400015.
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the association between abdominal obesity and high blood pressure among adolescents of public schools from Londrina (PR), Brazil. METHODS: The sample was composed by 656 adolescents with age ranging from ten to 13 years old. The following measures were taken: body mass, height, waist circumference and blood pressure at rest. Mann-Whitney and Student's t-test were used to compare and analyze numerical variables. The chi-square test analyzed the association between blood pressure and waist circumference. RESULTS: Association between abdominal obesity and high blood pressure was present in both genders (PR 2.7; 95%CI 1.8-4.2). Abdominal obesity was associated with higher blood pressure independently of age. CONCLUSIONS: Abdominal obesity was associated to high blood pressure in adolescents.
Palabras llave : adolescent; obesity, abdominal; blood pressure.