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The aim of this study was to describe the distribution of waist circumference (WC) and WC to height (WCTH) values among Kaingáng indigenous adolescents in order to estimate the prevalence of high WCTH values and evaluate the correlation between WC and WCTH and body mass index (BMI)-for-age. A total of 1,803 indigenous adolescents were evaluated using a school-based cross-sectional study. WCTH values > 0.5 were considered high. Higher mean WC and WCTH values were observed for girls in all age categories. WCTH values > 0.5 were observed in 25.68% of the overall sample of adolescents. Mean WC and WCTH values were significantly higher for adolescents with BMI/age z-scores > 2 than for those with normal z-scores. The correlation coefficients of WC and WCTH for BMI/age were r = 0.68 and 0.76, respectively, for boys, and r = 0.79 and 0.80, respectively, for girls. This study highlights elevated mean WC and WCTH values and high prevalence of abdominal obesity among Kaingáng indigenous adolescents.

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Journal article


Cadernos de saude publica

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2053 - 2062


Faculdade de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brasil.


Humans, Body Mass Index, Body Height, Risk Factors, Cross-Sectional Studies, Sex Factors, Adolescent, Child, Indians, South American, Brazil, Female, Male, Waist Circumference, Young Adult, Obesity, Abdominal