Study finds almost half of Spanish children are overweight or obese

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 05 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4218
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

More than a quarter (26%) of Spanish children are overweight and a fifth (19%) are obese, show preliminary data of a new prevalence study presented on 30 June by the country’s health minister Leire Pajín.

Ms Pajín, who will present final results of the study at the Interterritorial Council of the National Health Service, the body that meets regularly to coordinate state and regional health actions, said that “about 60% of children who are overweight before puberty will be overweight when becoming young adults, advancing mean age of onset of non-communicable diseases and also generating a huge increase …

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