Prevalence of Obesity in a National Representative Sample of Taiwan Adolescents
Repository Posting Date2014-11-17T13:46:58Z
Author DetailsChen-Mei Chen, MSN
Lead Author Sigma AffliationNon-member
Session presented on Saturday, July 26, 2014: Purpose: To determine the prevalence of obesity in Taiwanese adolescents and important related variables. Methods: This analysis was based on the Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan (NAHSIT) data during 2010 and 2011. The original study was a cross-sectional and national representative survey. A total of 1842 subjects (920 males and 922 females) aged 11-20 years participated. Research tools consisted of questionnaires and anthropometry parameters, and Taiwanese criteria were used to classify adolescents' weights. The acquired data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: The prevalence of obesity in Taiwanese adolescents was 16.7%. Logistic regression analysis showed that, obesity in adolescents was significantly associated with male gender, parental obesity, mother's overweight, eating habits, and perceived dietary benefits. Conclusion: Obesity among adolescents in Taiwan is a health concern that requires attention. The prevalence may be reduced by adjusting lifestyles. Prevention strategies should focus on adolescents, particularly adolescents of obese parents. Furthermore, employing integrative, education-based methods can reduce the health risks caused by obesity.