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What is the nutritional status of children of obese mothers in South Africa?

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dc.contributor.author Kruger, Herculina Salome
dc.contributor.author Labadarios, Demetre
dc.contributor.author Nel, Johanna
dc.contributor.author Steyn, Nelia
dc.contributor.author Maunder, Eleni M.W.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-15T10:14:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-15T10:14:51Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Steyn, N.P. et al. 2011. What is the nutritional status of children of obese mothers in South Africa? Nutrition, 27:904-911. [ http://www.journals.elsevier.com/nutrition/] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0899-9007
dc.identifier.issn 1873-1244 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7766
dc.description.abstract Objective To evaluate the anthropometric status of children of obese (body mass index [BMI] ≥30 kg/m2) mothers who participated during the 2005 National Food Consumption Study. Methods The survey population consisted of children 1–9 y of age and their mothers 16 to 35 y of age living in the same households (n = 1532). A national sample of households was drawn, representative of all nine provinces and urban and rural areas. Trained fieldworkers measured the heights and weights of participants at their homes. Results The prevalence of obesity was high in the mothers (27.9%), particularly in the 26- to 35-y-old (older) group (32.3%) and in urban areas (29.1%). Children of older mothers had a significantly (P < 0.05) higher mean height-for-age Z-score (−0.91) than those of younger mothers (16 to 25 y old, −1.06). Mean weight-for-age and weight-for-height Z-scores were significantly higher in children of obese women compared with those of non-obese women (BMI <30 kg/m2, P < 0.001). Furthermore, obese mothers had significantly more overweight children than non-obese mothers (P < 0.0001). Eighty-four percent of overweight children also had mothers with a BMI ≥25 kg/m2 and 52% had mothers with a BMI ≥30 kg/m2(∗ indicates statistical significance of confidence interval). Stunted mothers had a 1.5 times higher risk of being overweight (BMI ≥25 kg/m2, odds ratio 1.45, confidence interval 1.06–2.01). Conclusion Overall, children of obese mothers had significantly higher mean Z-scores than those of mothers who were non-obese. Overweight and obese women were significantly less likely to have stunted or underweight children, whereas underweight women and stunted women were significantly more likely to have underweight and stunted children, respectively. en_US
dc.description.uri http://dx.doi.org/0.1016/j.nut.2010.10.007
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.subject Stunting en_US
dc.subject underweight en_US
dc.subject wasted en_US
dc.subject risk factors en_US
dc.subject middle income en_US
dc.subject determinants en_US
dc.subject paradoxical malnutrition en_US
dc.title What is the nutritional status of children of obese mothers in South Africa? en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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