Research Article

Prevalence of overweight and obesity among selected schoolchildren and adolescents in Cofimvaba, South Africa

Published in: South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume 34, issue 3, 2021 , pages: 97–102
DOI: 10.1080/16070658.2020.1733305
Author(s): Olufunmilola Otitoola, Nigeria, Wilna Oldewage-Theron, South Africa, Abdul Egal, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Childhood obesity has become a growing global epidemic. In South Africa, overweight and obesity during childhood and adolescence are rising. The objectives of this study were (i) to estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity among selected students in Cofimvaba, a rural settlement in Eastern Cape province, South Africa, and (ii) to assess the accuracy of the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) and ultrasound triceps skin-fold thickness (TSF) methods of predicting these health parameters

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