Abnormal weight status and associated characteristics of low-income korean children

Seunghyun Yoo, Hyekyeong Kim, Jungwha Lee

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Background. This study reports the prevalence of abnormal weight and associated characteristics of low-income Korean children. Methods Health examination and survey were conducted nationally with 2033 low-income elementary students (mean age ± SD = 9.42 ± 1.65 years). Prevalence of abnormal weight and odds ratios (ORs) of health behaviors for abnormal weight groups were calculated. Results. Prevalence was 8% for underweight and 16% for overweight/obese. Compared with normal weight children, overweight/obese children were more likely to eat a variety of foods (OR = 1.82, P =.04) and have 3 meals a day (OR = 2.07, P =.047), but they were more likely to be stressed by their appearance (OR = 3.88, P <.001). Underweight children were less likely to have night snacks (OR = 0.28, P =.038) and more stressed by academic performance (OR = 3.76, P =.005) but were less educated about physical education (OR = 3.19, P =.044) and substance abuse (OR = 2.78, P =.018). Conclusion Higher prevalence of abnormal weight among low-income Korean children calls for attention to address both childhood obesity and underweight in public health research and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)NP1093-NP1105
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 4 Mar 2015

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was supported by the Health Promotion Fund, Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, Republic of Korea (Grant No. 06-25).

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  • adolescent health
  • child health
  • health education
  • inequalities in health
  • psychological/behavioral medicine


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