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BERRIA, Juliane et al. Abdominal obesity prevalence and associated factors in children and adolescents in Cascavel-PR State, Brazil. Rev. educ. fis. UEM [online]. 2013, vol.24, n.2, pp.269-277. ISSN 1983-3083.

The aim of this study was to determine the abdominal obesity prevalence and its association with socio-demographic indicators, nutritional status and sexual maturity in female students aged 8 to 17 years. This is a cross-sectional study with 2,595 female students from public and private schools of the city of Cascavel, Paraná State, Brazil. Socio-demographic, anthropometric and sexual maturity data were collected. Data analysis was carried out by a chi-square test and binary logistic regression. The obesity prevalence was 8.2%. High-school students were less likely to have abdominal obesity when compared with girls at basic education (OR = 0.36, 95%CI=0.15-0.85) and those with overweight were more likely to have the outcome (OR = 181.36, 95%CI=84.43-389.58). Educational interventions aimed at preventing and reducing abdominal obesity should be implemented, especially among overweight schoolchildren.

Keywords : Anthropometry; Body composition; Social Class.

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