Children in Brazil are 1 cm taller and more obese, study reveals | Health

Children in Brazil are 1 cm taller and more obese, study reveals | Health
Children in Brazil are 1 cm taller and more obese, study reveals | Health
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1 of 1 Study noticed an increase of 600 grams in children over time — Photo: globonews
Study noticed an increase of 600 grams in children over time — Photo: globonews

Children in Brazil are taller, but more obese, according to research that analyzed data from more than 5 million children aged 3 to 10. The result was published last week in The Lancet Regional Health – Americas, a magazine that is a reference in the area of ​​health.

The study showed that there was an increase of 1 centimeter in the trajectory of child height in this age group and a higher prevalence of obesity and overweight among children. (Understand below.)

How was the research carried out?

The research was carried out by researchers from the Center for Data Integration and Knowledge for Health (Cidacs/Fiocruz Bahia), in collaboration with the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and University College London (in the United Kingdom).

According to Fiocruz, the study is the first to analyze the weight and height of children over a time trajectory and with such a large group.

The results, according to the institution, will be important for decision-making in the actions of public authorities in child care.

The study included a population of 5,750,214 children, aged 3 to 10, born between 2001 and 2014 — a historical line of 13 years.

What did the research find?

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