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Prevalence of overweight, obesity and underweight among 5-year-old children in Saint Lucia by three methods of classification and a comparison with historical rates

Gardner, Karen; Bird, J.; Canning, P.M.; Frizzell, L.M.; Smith, L.M.


Background: The study aimed to determine if child obesity rates have risen in the Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia, as found globally, and whether under-nutrition coexists, as in other developing nations. The average adult in Saint Lucia is overweight, thus considerable child obesity might be expected, but there are no current data. Methods: Heights and weights were obtained from a sample (n= 425) of the 2001 birth cohort of Saint Lucian children measured during the nation-wide 2006/2007 Prior...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Child: Care, Health and Development
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01154.x


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