Thursday, June 28, 2012

Children from immigrant families are more often overweight

Children from immigrant families in Belgium camps more often overweight or obese than their peers. That report UGentop the basis of a large-scale study in European schoolchildren. The results will be published shortly in the journal Pediatric Obesity.
Researchers from the Department of Movement and Sports Sciences of Ghent University participated in the study, which in 2010 involved more than 7,000 schoolchildren from 10 to 12 years in Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and Spain. Among them are 1,008 children from Belgium, of which about 9 percent from immigrant families. These are children of foreign mother tongue or one of whose parents was born in another country.
The study shows that in Belgium, 23 percent of children from immigrant families are overweight. When indigenous children is 14 percent. The researchers explain that children from immigrant families usually drink more soda and less regular food. Breakfast is so often about beaten. Furthermore, they watch more television, they do less sport and they sleep less. "In contrast, however, that they walk or cycle to school more often," the researchers said.

The education, income and access to health play a role. A low level of education is thus a risk factor for obesity. The researchers observe that there is a greater difference in weight in children between the southern European and northern European countries than in children from immigrant families and native children. In Greece, as 42 percent of indigenous children and 30 percent of overweight children from immigrant families.


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