Decrease in the prevalence of paediatric adiposity in Switzerland from 2002 to 2007

I. Aeberli, R.S. Ammann, M. Knabenhans, L. Molinari, M.B. Zimmermann

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Objective A national study in Switzerland in 2002 suggested nearly one in five schoolchildren was overweight. Since then, many programmes have been introduced in an attempt to control the problem. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of childhood overweight in Switzerland five years later. Design In both studies a cross-sectional, three-stage, probability-proportional-to-size cluster sampling of schools throughout Switzerland was used to obtain a representative sample of approximately 2500 children aged 6–13 years. Height and weight were measured and BMI calculated. The BMI references from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were used to determine the prevalences of underweight (100 000 compared with smaller communities (P <0·05). Conclusions In summary, over the past 5 years, the prevalence of adiposity has decreased in Swiss children. These findings suggest that increased awareness combined with mainly school-based programmes aimed at physical activity and healthy nutrition may have helped to control this public health problem. Future monitoring in Switzerland will determine if these findings are sustained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-811
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • for-disease-control
  • body-mass index
  • united-states
  • us children
  • overweight
  • obesity
  • trends
  • stabilization
  • adolescents
  • prevention


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