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Nutrición Hospitalaria

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MUNGUIA-LIZARRAGA, Samuel; BACARDI-GASCON, Montserrat; ARMENDARIZ-ANGUIANO, Ana  and  JIMENEZ-CRUZ, Arturo. Association of eating behaviors and BMI among elementary school students from Mexico. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.6, pp.2775-2777. ISSN 1699-5198.

The aim of this study was to analyze the association of cognitive restraint (CR), uncontrolled eating (UE), and emotional eating (EE) with body max index (BMI) among elementary schools children in Mexico. 5th and 6th grade students were recruited from two schools. Weight, height, and waist circumference were measured and BMI was calculated. Overweight and obese children were classified according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) BMI z-score. The TFEQ -R18 questionnaire was applied to assess behavioral patterns. Gender differences of UE and EE were observed. Private school children had higher scores of CR and UE. Children with CR were three times more likely to have abdominal obesity (AO) and children with OW or O were more likely to have UE. Children attending the private school and those with AO had higher CR scores; private school children, those with overweight or obesity and with AO had higher UE scores.

Keywords : Eating behavior; Children; Obesity; Overweight; Abdominal obesity; Mexicans.

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