European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 165, Issue 11, pp 813–814 | Cite as

Increasing prevalence of iron deficiency in overweight and obese children and adolescents (Tehran Adolescent Obesity Study)

  • Heshmat Moayeri
  • Katayoon Bidad
  • Soroush Zadhoush
  • Narges Gholami
  • Shahab Anari
Short Report


Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. It has been linked to several problems among children and adolescents [1, 8].

A few small studies noted a possible association between iron deficiency and obesity [5]. To the authors’ knowledge, no study focusing on the association between obesity and iron deficiency among Iranian children and adolescents has been performed.


The Tehran Adolescent Obesity Study was conducted among the school children of Tehran, the capital city of Iran. Detailed information of this study has been published previously [4].

Two thousand nine hundred students were included in the first stage of study in order to determine the prevalence and correlates of being overweight and obesity. In the second stage of the study, the analysis was limited to 540 overweight and obese students (258 boys, 282 girls) and 200 normal-weight students (84 boys and 116 girls) matched for age and sex. Individuals who had known systemic...


Iron deficiency Overweight Obesity Adolescents 



We thank the physicians and nurses who devoted their time to the data collection and the participating students, their families, and their schools.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heshmat Moayeri
    • 1
  • Katayoon Bidad
    • 1
  • Soroush Zadhoush
    • 1
  • Narges Gholami
    • 1
  • Shahab Anari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric EndocrinologyImam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical SciencesTehranIslamic Republic of Iran

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