Measuring the prevalence of overweight in Texas schoolchildren

Deanna M. Hoelscher, R. Sue Day, Eun Lee, Ralph F. Frankowski, Steven H. Kelder, Jerri L. Ward, Michael E. Scheurer

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Objectives. We describe results from year 1 of a surveillance system to monitor body mass index in children at the state level. Methods. A sample of 6630 children attending Texas public schools, weighted to represent 4th, 8th, and 11th grades within race/ethnic subpopulations, was assessed. Body mass index was calculated from measured height and weight; demographic information was obtained from a questionnaire. Results. Prevalence of overweight was 22.4%, 19.2%, and 15.5% for 4th-, 8th-, and 11th-grade students, respectively. Overweight prevalence was highest among Hispanic boys (29.5%-32.6%), fourth-grade Hispanic girls (26.7%), and fourth-and eighth-grade African American girls (30.8% and 23.1%, respectively). Eleventh-grade White/other girls had the lowest prevalence of overweight (5.5%). Conclusions. These data confirm the increasing prevalence of overweight among US children, especially among Hispanic and African American students compared to White/other students and fourth-grade students relative to 8th- and 11th-grade students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1002-1008
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume94
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Hoelscher, D. M., Day, R. S., Lee, E., Frankowski, R. F., Kelder, S. H., Ward, J. L., & Scheurer, M. E. (2004). Measuring the prevalence of overweight in Texas schoolchildren. American Journal of Public Health, 94(6), 1002-1008.

Measuring the prevalence of overweight in Texas schoolchildren. / Hoelscher, Deanna M.; Day, R. Sue; Lee, Eun; Frankowski, Ralph F.; Kelder, Steven H.; Ward, Jerri L.; Scheurer, Michael E.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 94, No. 6, 06.2004, p. 1002-1008.

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Hoelscher, DM, Day, RS, Lee, E, Frankowski, RF, Kelder, SH, Ward, JL & Scheurer, ME 2004, 'Measuring the prevalence of overweight in Texas schoolchildren', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 94, no. 6, pp. 1002-1008.
Hoelscher DM, Day RS, Lee E, Frankowski RF, Kelder SH, Ward JL et al. Measuring the prevalence of overweight in Texas schoolchildren. American Journal of Public Health. 2004 Jun;94(6):1002-1008.
Hoelscher, Deanna M. ; Day, R. Sue ; Lee, Eun ; Frankowski, Ralph F. ; Kelder, Steven H. ; Ward, Jerri L. ; Scheurer, Michael E. / Measuring the prevalence of overweight in Texas schoolchildren. In: American Journal of Public Health. 2004 ; Vol. 94, No. 6. pp. 1002-1008.
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