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Title: Downward trends in the prevalence of childhood overweight in two pilot towns taking part in the VIASANO community-based programme in Belgium: data from a national school health monitoring system
Authors: Vinck, Jan
Brohet, C.
Roillet, M.
Dramaix, M.
Borys, J-M.
Beysens, J.
Jacobs, N.
Jebb, S.
De Laet, C.
Nève, J.
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: PEDIATRIC OBESITY, 11 (1), p. 61-67
Abstract: Background: Multilevel approaches involving environmental strategies are considered to be good practice to help reduce the prevalence of childhood overweight. Objectives: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of VIASANO, a community-based programme using the EPODE methodology, on the prevalence of overweight in two pilot towns in Belgium. Methods: We analysed data from a national school health monitoring system to compare changes in the prevalence of overweight and obesity over a 3-year period (2007-2010) in children aged 3-4 and 5-6 years in the pilot towns with those of children of the same ages from the whole French-speaking community of Belgium. Heights and weights of all participants were measured by trained school nurses using a standardized method. Results: The prevalence of overweight (-2.1%) and overweight + obesity (-2.4%) decreased in the pilot towns, but remained stable in the comparison population (+ 0.1% and + 0.2%, respectively). After adjustment for lack of homogeneity between the study populations, there was a trend towards a decrease in overweight (P = 0.054) and overweight + obesity (P = 0.058) in the pilot towns compared with the general population. Conclusions: These results suggest that a community-based programme, such as VIASANO, may be a promising strategy for reducing the prevalence of childhood overweight even over a short period of time.
Notes: [Vinck, J.] Hasselt Univ, Dept Human Sci, Hasselt, Belgium. [Brohet, C.] St Luc Univ Hosp, Cardiovasc Dept, Brussels, Belgium. [Roillet, M.; Beysens, J.; Jacobs, N.] Viasano, Brussels, Belgium. [Dramaix, M.] Univ Libre Bruxelles, Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Biostat, Brussels, Belgium. [Borys, J-M.] EPODE European Network, Paris, France. [Jebb, S.] Univ Oxford, Nuffield Dept Primary Care Hlth Sci, Sect Metab & Nutr, Oxford, England. [De Laet, C.] Hop Univ Enfants Reine Fabiola, Dept Metab & Nutr, Brussels, Belgium. [Neve, J.] Univ Libre Bruxelles, Dept Therapeut Chem, Brussels, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/21607
DOI: 10.1111/ijpo.12022
ISI #: 000372357700010
ISSN: 2047-6310
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2017
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