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Obesity and undernutrition in sub-Saharan African immigrant and refugee children in Victoria, Australia

Renzaho, Andre, Gibbons, Carl, Swinburn, Boyd, Jolley, Damien and Burns, Catherine 2006, Obesity and undernutrition in sub-Saharan African immigrant and refugee children in Victoria, Australia, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 482-490.

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Title Obesity and undernutrition in sub-Saharan African immigrant and refugee children in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Renzaho, Andre
Gibbons, Carl
Swinburn, Boyd
Jolley, Damien
Burns, Catherine
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Start page 482
End page 490
Publisher HEC Press
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0964-7058
1440-6047
Keyword(s) obesity
undernutrition
sub-Saharan Africa
children
migration
refugees
Summary The study assessed the anthropometric status of 337 sub-Saharan African children aged between 3-12 years who migrated to Australia. These children were selected using a snowball sampling method stratified by age, gender and region of origin. The prevalence rates for overweight and obesity were 18.4% (95%CI: 14 - 23%) and 8.6% (95%CI: 6% -12%) respectively. The prevalence rates for the indicators of undernutrition were: wasting 4.3% (95%CI: 1.6%-9.1%), underweight 1.2% (95%CI: 0.3%-3.0%), and stunting 0.3 (95%CI: 0.0%-1.6%). Higher prevalence of overweight/obesity was associated with lower household income level, fewer siblings, lower birth weight, western African background, and single parent households (after controlling for demographic and socio-economic factors). Higher prevalence rates for underweight and wasting were associated with lower household income and shorter lengths of stay in Australia respectively. No effect was found for child's age, gender, parental education and occupation for both obesity and undernutrition indices. In conclusion, obesity and overweight are very prevalent in SSA migrant children and undernutrition, especially wasting, was also not uncommon in this target group.
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Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, HEC Press
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003920

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