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Links between breastfeeding, somatometrical and serological parameters to Romanian obese children group

Domenii publicaţii > Ştiinţe medicale + Tipuri publicaţii > Articol în volumul unei conferinţe

Autori: 1. Tarcea Monica, Radulian G., Drãgoi S., Jeszensky K., Dunca I., Toma F.

Editorial: Ann Nutr Metab, 51(suppl 1), p.359, 2007.


Our aim was to evaluate obesity incidence in our area and risk factors involved in prophylactic routine examination of children. We monitored the serum levels of leptine in two groups of children (one group of 62 with obese children and the other one with 72 normal weight children) at the 2nd Pediatrics Clinic, Targu Mures/Romania, between 2001-2005. Assessments included measures of leptine serum levels, body weight, evaluation of nutritional and breastfeeding status and also social influence components found. Comparing the obtained results we observed a statistically significant difference between the two groups (p=0.0001, ÷2=8.0), the serum levels of leptine in children with obesity were more frequently higher than normal required standards (80% comparing to 10%) than normal weight children. Also, all the obese children had body mass index higher than normal, the bigger values were associa! ted with the biggest levels of leptine, cholesterol and triglycerides. No significant links were found between breastfeeding and obesity; although an important percent of obese children had breastfeeding in their first 6 months. Most of small ages obese children were boys and most of obese children hospitalized were teenage girls worried about their weight and with high socio-economical level and education. Unfortunately, safe and effective treatments for obesity are costly and intensive; therefore, this level of support is unlikely to be feasible in most clinical settings. Moreover, an additional limitation to current obesity treatment approaches is the limited reach and availability of programs for persons who work, live in rural areas or cannot afford participation in group support classes. We need a more efficient program to monitor and prevent this disease in our country.

Cuvinte cheie: nutritie, sanatate publica // nutrition, public health

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