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Overweight and obesity prevalence in schoolchildren and evaluation of their healthy nutrition knowledge

A. Alexandrova, P. Gatseva, R. Vasileva


Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate over weight and obesity prevalence and healthy nutrition knowledge in adolescents aged 11-14 years, living in the town of Parvomai in district of Plovdiv.

Material and methods: The over weight and obesity prevalence was assessed according to the international cut off points for body mass index for over weight and obesity proposed by Cole et al, 2000. A questionnaire of V. Duleva, 2005 was used for evaluation of healthy nutrition knowledge.

Results: The results show that 20% of the studied boys and 12% of the girls are with over weight and obesity. The questionnaire's data show that a considerable part of the adolescents have not good information about healthy nutrition. 

Conclusion: Recommendations about elaboration of adequate educational programs for nutrition in the schools were made. The aim of this strategy is the development of healthy nutritional behavior in adolescents.

Scripta Scientifica Medica 2009; 41(2): 187-189.

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A. Alexandrova
Medical University of Plovdiv

P. Gatseva
Medical University of Plovdiv

R. Vasileva
Medical University of Plovdiv

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