Journal of Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome



J Korean Soc Study Obes 1998; 7(2): 134-141

Published online June 30, 1998

Copyright © Korean Society for the Study of Obesity.

The Associated Factors with Obesity in Primary School Children -2 Years Follow-up Study-

Jong Park, So Yeon Ryu, Chul Gab Lee, Hyun Ok Ann, Young Bong Park1, Sang Kee Park1, Kyung Rae Moon1, Eun Suck Yang1, Young Il Rho1, Hak Yeon Bae2

Department of Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics1, Internal Medicine2, Medical College, Chosun University


This prospective study was performed to find the associated factors of obesity in primary school children in Kwangju. We studied obesity incidence over 2 years among 4th grade was performed and in 2 years later, we reinvestigated health examination and questionnaire about several variables in 922. The 797 children included in the analysis had non-obese(normal and overweight) at baseline in 1994.
This results were as follows;
1. In 2 years later, 3.5% of normal and 15% of overweight children were to the obese.
2. The body mass index and obesity in one or both parents, sex, overweight at baseline, regular exercise and meat preference were statistically significant factors in simple analysis.
3. In multiple logistic regression analysis, the odds ratios associated with obesity were 0.41(95% CI: 0.20~0.82) for female, 0.48(95% CI: 0.25~0.92) for doing regular exercise, 4.95(95% CI: 2.55~9.59) for overweight at baseline, and 3.22(95% CI: 1.11~9.34) for obesity in both parents.
In conclusion, obesity incidence in primary school children was associated with physical characteristics, genetic factors and social factors like a life style. It is suggested that obesity management and appropriate regular exercise in family unit should be required to prevent obesity in children.

Keywords: Obesity, Associated factors, Primary school children