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Epidemiological characteristics of childhood obesity in eastern China, 2017–2019

  • Xi-Yan Zhang
  • Wen-Yi Yang
  • Jie Yang
  • Yan Wang
  • Yao Xiang
  • Liu-Wei Gao
  • Feng-Yun Zhang
  • Yong-Lin ZhouEmail author
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Childhood obesity has becoming an increasing concern in many countries including China [1, 2, 3]. Located in the eastern China, Jiangsu Province is one of the developed regions in China and is also facing this problem.

Our study was based on the project “Surveillance for common disease and health risk factors among students” in Jiangsu Province, which was conducted during 2017–2018 and 2018–2019 academic year. We selected students aged 7–17 years from all cities in Jiangsu Province with each city having two types of schools: one type is from urban area and another type from the rural area. Obesity is defined by body mass index (BMI) in this study, and we used unified classification criteria for overweight, obesity and BMI screening among children and adolescents by Working Group on Obesity in China [4]. Anthropometric variables were measured by trained project members, skilled nurses and doctors. Weight and height were measured after students had removed shoes and clothes. Height...

Keywords

Childhood obesity Epidemiology Jiangsu province Risk factors 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research was supported by Demonstration project of comprehensive prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases (BE2015714); https://www.jshealth.com/xxgk/sewcjz/xmzl/sbjkt/201708/t20170830_59379.html. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. We thank all authors contribute to this work.

Author contributions

XYZ contributed to data curation and writing of the original draft. WYY ontributed to the investigation of the data and writing of the original draft. XYZ and WYY contributed equally to this work. FYZ and YLZ contributed to the supervision. All authors approved the final version of the manuscript.

Funding

This research was supported by Demonstration Project of Comprehensive Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (BE2015714). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards

Ethical approval

The study protocol was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Ethics committee of Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Prevention and Control, while we were informed that approval by an ethical committee was not necessary.

Conflict of interest

No financial or nonfinancial benefits have been received or will be received from any party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xi-Yan Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wen-Yi Yang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jie Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yan Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yao Xiang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Liu-Wei Gao
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Feng-Yun Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yong-Lin Zhou
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent Health PromotionJiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and PreventionNanjingChina
  2. 2.Public Health Research Institute of Jiangsu ProvinceNanjingChina
  3. 3.School of Public HealthSoutheast UniversityNanjingChina

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