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International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

, 9:139

First Online: 29 November 2012Received: 04 July 2012Accepted: 26 November 2012


BackgroundOverweight in children and adolescents have increased significantly and are a major public health problem. To allow international comparisons, Switzerland joined the European study ‘ENERGY’ cross sectional survey consortium that investigated the prevalence of overweight and obesity as well as selected dietary, physical and sedentary behaviors of 10–12 years old pupils across seven other countries in Europe. The aims of the present study was to compare body composition and energy-balance related behaviors of Swiss schoolchildren to those of the seven European ENERGY-countries and to analyze overweight and energy-balance related behaviors of Swiss children according to socio-demographic factors.

MethodsA school-based cross-sectional study among 10–12 year old children was conducted in Switzerland and seven other European countries using a standardized protocol. Body height, weight and waist-circumference were measured by trained research assistants. Energy-balance related behaviors –i.e. selected dietary, physical activity and screen-viewing behaviors were assessed by questionnaires. Weight status and behaviors in Switzerland were compared to the seven European ENERGY countries. Within the Swiss sample, analyses stratified by gender, parental education and ethnicity were performed.

ResultsData of 546 Swiss children mean age 11.6±0.8y, 48% girls were obtained and compared to the ENERGY- results N=7.148; mean age 11.5±0.8y, 48% girls. In Switzerland significantly less children were overweight 13.9% or obese 2.3% compared to the average across the ENERGY-countries 23.7% and 4.7%, respectively, and were even somewhat lower than the ENERGY countries with the lowest prevalence. Sugar sweetened beverage intakes and breakfast habits of Swiss children did not differ significantly from those of ENERGY. However, the mean time devoted by Swiss children to walking or cycling to school and attending sports activities was significantly higher and screen time significantly lower compared to the other ENERGY-countries. Within the Swiss, sample relatively large and consistent differences were observed between children from native and non-native ethnicity.

ConclusionsThe prevalence of overweight and obesity among Swiss children are substantial but significantly lower compared to all other European ENERGY-Partners, probably due to the fact that Swiss children were found to be more active and less sedentary comparing to the rest of the European sample.

KeywordsSchoolchildren Overweight Diet Physical activity Sedentary behavior AbbreviationsBMIBody mass index

ENERGYEuropeaN Energy balance Research to prevent excessive weight Gain among Youth

EBRBEnergy-balance related behaviors

FFQFood frequency questions

HBSCHealth Behaviour in School-aged Children

ICCIntra-class correlation coefficient.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1479-5868-9-139 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Michael Herzig - Alain Dössegger - Urs Mäder - Susi Kriemler - Tina Wunderlin - Leticia Grize - Johannes Brug - Yannis M

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