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Type Journal Article - Indian pediatrics
Title Overweight status in Indian children: Prevalence and psychosocial correlates
Volume 52
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
Page numbers 131-134
Objective: To examine the association between overweight status and psycho-social risk
factors in Indian children. Methods: Data from India’s nationally-representative Global
School-based Student Health Survey were analyzed using SPSS for all participating students
(n=8130, 58% males). Results: The likelihood of being overweight was significantly higher
for children with fewer friends (OR=1.16, 95%CI=1.13-1.18) or friends who were not kind or
helpful, children with symptoms of depression (OR=1.20, 95%CI=1.03-1.39) and anxiety
(OR=1.09, 95%CI=1.07-1.15), children with little parental involvement (OR=1.06,
95%CI=1.02-1.10), and children who felt lonely or missed school days without permission.
Conclusions: Psychosocial distress in overweight Indian children warrants comprehensive
interventions for screening and treatment of pediatric obesity

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