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Differences in weight status and energy-balance related behaviors among schoolchildren in German-speaking Switzerland compared to seven countries in Europe

Herzig, M. and Dössegger, A. and Mäder, U. and Kriemler, S. and Wunderlin, T. and Grize, L. and Brug, J. and Manios, Y. and Braun-Fahrländer, C. and Bringolf-Isler, B.. (2012) Differences in weight status and energy-balance related behaviors among schoolchildren in German-speaking Switzerland compared to seven countries in Europe. International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, 9 (139).

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Overweight in children and adolescents have increased significantly and are a major public health problem. To allow international comparisons, Switzerland joined the European study 'ENERGY' cross sectional survey consortium that investigated the prevalence of overweight and obesity as well as selected dietary, physical and sedentary behaviors of 10--12 years old pupils across seven other countries in Europe. The aims of the present study was to compare body composition and energy-balance related behaviors of Swiss schoolchildren to those of the seven European ENERGY-countries and to analyze overweight and energy-balance related behaviors of Swiss children according to socio-demographic factors. METHODS: A school-based cross-sectional study among 10--12 year old children was conducted in Switzerland and seven other European countries using a standardized protocol. Body height, weight and waist-circumference were measured by trained research assistants. Energy-balance related behaviors - i.e. selected dietary, physical activity and screen-viewing behaviors were assessed by questionnaires. Weight status and behaviors in Switzerland were compared to the seven European ENERGY countries. Within the Swiss sample, analyses stratified by gender, parental education and ethnicity were performed. RESULTS: Data of 546 Swiss children (mean age 11.6+/-0.8y, 48% girls) were obtained and compared to the EN.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Chronic Disease Epidemiology
UniBasel Contributors:Bringolf-Isler, Bettina and Kriemler, Susi and Braun-Fahrländer, Charlotte and Grize, Leticia
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1479-5868
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Deposited On:24 May 2013 09:20

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