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Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial

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HONORATO, Anderson da Silva; BANDO, Érika; UCHIMURA, Taqueco Teruya  and  MACHINSKI JUNIOR, Miguel. Anthropometric, lipids and blood glucose profiles in adolescents of a philanthropic institution in the northwest Paraná. J. Bras. Patol. Med. Lab. [online]. 2010, vol.46, n.1, pp.07-15. ISSN 1676-2444.

INTRODUCTION: Obesity in adolescence is a predictive factor of obesity in adulthood. The prevalence in children and adolescents has increased in most countries and has become one of the most significant nutritional problems nowadays. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed at verifying the anthropometric, lipid and glycemic profiles in lower class adolescents from a philanthropic institution located in the Northeast of Paraná State. MATERIAL AND METHOD: The studied population consisted of 92 adolescents, from 10 to 17 years of age. The Body Mass Index (BMI) was used to verify their nutritional status, considering < 24.9 kg/m2 normal and > 25 kg/m2 overweight. The waist-to-hip measurement was calculated through waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) and glucose concentrations, triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL-c, LDL-c and VLDL-c fractions were determined through enzymatic methods. RESULTS: 9.79% were overweight and 9.78% of WHR and cholesterol levels were inadequate to the age group. BMI (overweight), blood glucose, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, LDL-c, VLDL-c and HDL-c showed low correlation, whereas age (OR = 49.16) and WHR (OR = 13.99) showed significant correlation p < 0.05. CONCLUSION: The result evidenced the necessity of health public policies in educational scope in order to prevent obesity and its risks factors in adolescence.

Keywords : Adolescents; Anthropometric profile; Lipids profile; Body mass index.

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