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Rajko Milasinovic1, Danilo Bojanic1, Aleksandar Cvorovic2, Filip Kukic2

1University of Montenegro, Faculty for Sports and Physical Education, Niksic, Montenegro
2Abu Dhabi Police, Police Sports Education Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Age and Gender Differences in Nutritional Status of School Children According to WHO, CDC and IOTF References: A Statewide Study from Montenegro

Sport Mont 2019, 17(1), 15-21 | DOI: 10.26773/smj.190203


Nutritional status of school children has been discussed over the past decade, focusing on timely and adequate response that can positively affect the reduction of the health risks of overweight, obesity, and malnutrition. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate a nutritional status of healthy children from Montenegro according to three most common worldwide references. The sample of 1480 healthy school children was consisted of girls (N=733), mean age=10.98±1.38 years, mean body height BH=152.25±10.22 cm, and mean body mass BM=43.93±11.51 kg, and boys (N=747), mean age=10.95±1.41, mean BH=153.26±11.18 cm, and mean BM=46.16±13.21 kg. A nutritional status was defined by body mass index (BMI) and compared to the references developed by World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and International Obesity Task Force (IOTF). Prevalence differences relative to age and gender were analyzed as well. Results suggest that IOTF is the most appropriate method in absence of national references for growth and nutritional status. Furthermore, increase in prevalence of overweight and obese in boys was relatively high considering the time frame (5 years), while increase in girls was somewhat smaller, but nevertheless present. In total, every third (WHO) or every fourth (CDC and IOTF) child in Montenegro aged 9-13 years is either overweight or obese.


body mass index, prevalence, obesity, overweight, underweight

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