Lifestyle of school children

Representative survey in metropolitan elementary schools - Part one

Szabolcs Péter, Andrea Regöly-Mérei, L. Bíró, Katalin Nagy, Györgyi Arató, Csaba Szabó, Adrienn Vámos, Éva Martos, M. Antal

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Abstract

Background/Aims: The prevalence of overweight and obesity among school children is increasing dramatically. Obesity is multifactorial and depends on lifestyle as well as genetic components. The purpose of the survey was to investigate the lifestyle of 7- to 14-year-old children attending elementary schools in Budapest. Methods: The research was questionnaire-based. Children were asked to answer questions about their leisure activities, physical exercise, nutritional, eating, and smoking habits. Results: Many children live a sedentary life and are dissatisfied with their body weight. One in 5 boys and 1 in 3 girls have been on a slimming diet at least once. About two-thirds of the children regularly consumed vitamin and/or mineral supplements and at the same time just over half of them knew how much fruit should be eaten daily. School children in the upper classes did not eat 5 times a day. More than 5% of the 11- to 14-year-old boys and more than 10% of the girls smoked regularly. Conclusions: According to our results, the unfavorable lifestyle of the great majority of Hungarian school children may have implications for their health during adulthood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-453
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Nutrition and Metabolism
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

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Keywords

  • Elementary school
  • Hungarian school children
  • School children, lifestyle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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Lifestyle of school children : Representative survey in metropolitan elementary schools - Part one. / Péter, Szabolcs; Regöly-Mérei, Andrea; Bíró, L.; Nagy, Katalin; Arató, Györgyi; Szabó, Csaba; Vámos, Adrienn; Martos, Éva; Antal, M.

In: Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, Vol. 51, No. 5, 12.2007, p. 448-453.

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Péter, S, Regöly-Mérei, A, Bíró, L, Nagy, K, Arató, G, Szabó, C, Vámos, A, Martos, É & Antal, M 2007, 'Lifestyle of school children: Representative survey in metropolitan elementary schools - Part one', Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 448-453. https://doi.org/10.1159/000111165
Péter, Szabolcs ; Regöly-Mérei, Andrea ; Bíró, L. ; Nagy, Katalin ; Arató, Györgyi ; Szabó, Csaba ; Vámos, Adrienn ; Martos, Éva ; Antal, M. / Lifestyle of school children : Representative survey in metropolitan elementary schools - Part one. In: Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2007 ; Vol. 51, No. 5. pp. 448-453.
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