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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 11, Issue 1, May 2014 pp 109-112
Correlation of Body Mass Index and Waist Circumference with Blood Pressure in School Age Children
Jitendra Kumar1, Sangeeta Basu2, G. G. Joag3, Basveshwar Patil4
1,2,4Resident, 3Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University, Karad, Maharashtra, INDIA.
Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.
Introduction: In increasing number of countries over-weight and obesity represent a hovering menace and a rapidly growing threat to health of population. Childhood obesity plays a central role in insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome which includes hyperinsulinemia, hyperlipidemia type 2 diabetes mellitus and increased risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases. Materials and methods: Analytical cross sectional study done to compare Body Mass Index ,Waist circumference and Blood pressure in school age children (10 -14yrs) of two schools belonging to Karad city. 470 children from English medium school(affluent group) and 481 children from Nagar Parishad school (non affluent group). Conclusion: The increase in the prevalence of high body mass index and waist circumference in students showed a significant association with their habits and with high earning parents, preference and frequent eating of non vegetarian food, frequent intake of fast food, eating outside food (hoteling), television viewing, and preference to indoor games than outdoor games.