1Fakultet sporta i fizičkog vaspitanja, Novi Sad 2Medicinski fakultet, Novi Sad
ARE FEMALE PUPILS OBESE?
DA LI SU DEVOJČICE MLAĐEG ŠKOLSKOG UZRASTA GOJAZNE
Sport Mont 2007, V(12-13-14), 762-766
There are many facts that make it necessary to have a thorough
look at the subject of childhood obesity. The dramatic rise in the prevalence of obesity in
European countries and the USA has become a major health concern.
Setting: A Serbian kindergarten.
Subjects: A total of 394 girls aged 8-11 years at baseline.
Methods: For each child accurate weights and height measurements were obtained.
BMI was than calculated and plotted on the appropriate growth chart (based on the age
and gender). Finally, the plotted measurements were interpreted and compared.
Results: Most of the subjects at the age of 8, 9, 10 and 11 years considered to
have a normal body weight, N=66, 73.3%; N=83, 72.2%; N=71, 78.0%; N=78, 79.6%,
respectively. Underweight was confi rmed among the least number of subjects (N=1,
1.1%; N=5, 4.3%; N=4, 4.4%; N=8, 8.2%). Overweight was determined at 2.0-9.6%
of all girls at the age of 8-11 years (N=8, 8.9%; N=11, 9.6%; N=3, 3.3%; N=2, 2.0%).
Finally, risk of overweight was confi rmed in 10.2-16.7% of cases of all years of age
(N=15, 16.7%; N=16, 13.9%; N=13, 14.3%; N=10, 10.2%).
Discussion: Even though most subjects considered having normal body weight,
there is a big concern regarding 2.0% to even 9.6% of overweighted girls as well as
10.2-16.7% at the risk of overweight. Despite the fact that children 7-11 years from
Serbia and Montenegro in the prevalence of overweight and obesity hold sixth place out
of 20 , these results are disturbing.
BMI / body mass index-for-weight percentiles / body weight / children
/ elementary school children