Obesity and overweight status health disparities among low-income rural Appalachian preschool children
This study's objectives were to estimate the prevalence rates of obesity and overweight among young, low-income children (N = 497) living in rural Appalachia and to compare these estimates with various national estimates. Across all weight categorizations (body mass indices [BMIs] ≥ 85th, ≥95th, and ≥97th percentiles for age and gender) the rates of high BMIs among Appalachian children significantly exceeded those of all comparison samples, with the odds of a high BMI (≥85th percentile) ranging from 1.29 to 3.92 times greater for young Appalachian children. Appalachian children's weight was unrelated to their gender or age. Children younger than age 5 years living in rural Appalachia are at risk for higher rates of obesity and potentially for the biopsychosocial consequences of obesity. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Children's Health Care
Berlin, K., Hamel-Lambert, J., & DeLamatre, C. (2013). Obesity and overweight status health disparities among low-income rural Appalachian preschool children. Children's Health Care, 42 (1), 15-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/02739615.2013.753812