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Sábado, 13 de Julio de 2019 20:27

OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY: A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY IN SCHOOLS FROM SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

 

ABSTRACT

 

Over the past decade, overweight and obesity have considerably increased worldwide, being boys and girls one of the main victims. This study aimed to analyse weight, height and healthy habits in children aged 4-6 years old from several schools of Santiago de Compostela. It is presented a descriptive study about children obesity. Twelve schools from Santiago de Compostela were asked to collaborate in this study in order to measure the weight and height of children (4-6 years). In addition, teachers filled a questionnaire about different healthy behaviours of the children. Finally, two schools and 9 teachers took part in this study. It was also measure the weight and height of 181 pupils. Meal schedule was not stablished in any class, and fruit and water were the most used aliments. Children had psychomotricity sessions twice a week. However, 27 (14.92%) participants [girls: 17 (9.40%); boys: 10 (6.08%)] were overweight y 26 (14.37%) obesity [girls: 13 (7.18%); boys: 13 (7.18%)]. To conclude, almost a third part of the sample were overweight or obesity. More effective strategies must be stablished to combat childhood obesity.

 

KEY WORDS

Overweight, obesity, healthy habits, physical activity, childhood education..

 

  

 
Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009