Profile Of Nutritional Status Of Children And Adolescents From Bogota, Colombia: The Fuprecol Study

Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, JE Correa-Bautista, Lorena Benavides-Rodríguez, Adalberto Palacios-López, Mónica Liliana Ojeda-Pardo, Jhonatan C. Peña

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Abstract

PURPOSE: This study aimed to analize the nutritional status among Colombian children and adolescents and to determine the relationship between the nutritional status according to the body mass index (BMI) and the waist circumference (WC).

METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 6,383 children and adolescents with age of 9 to 17.9 years old from Bogota, Colombia. Participants completed the “Krece Plus” questionnaire validated by the “enKid study” as an indicator of the nutritional level with the following categories: high (test ≥ 9), medium (test 6-8) and low (test ≤ 5). Other measures were: weight, height, WC and BMI as markers of the nutritional status.

RESULTS: Overall, 57.9% of the participants were girls (mean age 12.7±2.3 years old). The nutritional status was low without large differences by sex and decreasing by age. In all categories of BMI, over 50% of boys and girls follow lower-quality diet, shown progressively worse with advancing age. In both sexes, trends were observed between low nutritional level with the development of overweight. Also, WC was associated with a lower score in the “Krece Plus” in both sexes.

CONCLUSIONS: The low nutritional level is related to changes in the nutritional status (WC and BMI) in scholars from Bogota. These findings may encourage further interventions for the improvement of nutritional habits among scholars from Colombia.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1037-1037
Number of pages1
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Volume48
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2016

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