Inequalities in overweight and obesity in schoolchildren in Ireland

An article published in the journal BMC Public Health has investigated if there is a relationship between school socio-economic status and overweight and obesity in schoolchildren.

The study used data from the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI). COSI is an ongoing study that monitors the level of overweight and obesity in a number of European countries including the Republic of Ireland. Data on 7,542 Irish schoolchildren collected in 2010, 2012 / 2013 and 2015 / 2016 was included.

The study found that children attending disadvantaged schools were more likely to be overweight and obese than children attending non-disadvantaged schools – this relationship was stronger in girls and boys older than 10.5 years.

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Posted: 04/04/2018 12:58:43 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Children, COSI, Obesity, Overweight, School


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