Purpose. This study determined 2010 rates of overweight/obesity in a representative sample of low-income preschoolers in Mississippi, USA and compared rates between 2005 (� = 1 2 5 0) and 2010 (� = 1 7 6 5). Significance. Obesity is a significant global health issue because of its well-established negative health consequences. Child obesity is a concern due to risk of early-onset obesity-related illnesses and the longevity of lifetime exposure to those illnesses. Methods. Identical measures were used in 2005 and 2010 with complex-stratified sampling designs. Results. Chi-square tests revealed that overall obesity/overweight rates between 2005 (20.6%/17.9%) and 2010 (20.8%/17.0%) had not changed significantly for the samples as a whole, nor by gender or race. Age group comparisons indicated a significant decline in obesity rates of 3 year olds (20.3% in 2005, reduced to 13.1% in 2010, � = 0 . 0 3 5). These findings mimic the trend toward stabilization of obesity rates noted in national low-income preschool populations.
Article ID 270464
Kolbo, J. R.,
Molaison, E. F.,
Hudson, G. M.,
(2011). Obesity and Overweight Prevalence among a Mississippi Low-Income Preschool Population: A Five-Year Comparison. ISRN Nursing, 2011(Article ID 270464), 1-7.
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