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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


AJEJAS-BAZAN, M.ª-Julia et al. Prevalence of childhood overweight/obesity in Spain 1993-2011 and associated risk factors in 2011. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.1, pp.84-89. ISSN 1699-5198.


Childhood obesity is a recognized public health problem. The present work reports the changing prevalence of childhood overweight/obesity in Spanish boys and girls over the period 1993-2011, and examines the risk factors apparent in 2011.


Children with a body mass index (BMI) of ≥ 25 were deemed overweight, and those with a BMI of ≥ 30 were deemed obese. Overweight and obesity was consistently more common among boys than among girls.


The prevalence of overweight and obesity in Spain increased over the study period.


According to the 2011 data, children who undertook no physical activity, or whose parents/guardians had a low level of education, showed the highest prevalence of obesity.

Keywords : Overweight; Pediatric obesity; Prevalence; Risk factors.

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