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Author (up) Stray-Pedersen, M.; Helsing, R.M.; Gibbons, L.; Cormick, G.; Holmen, T.L.; Vik, T.; Belizan, J.M. url  doi
  Title Weight status and hypertension among adolescent girls in Argentina and Norway: data from the ENNyS and HUNT studies Type Journal Article
  Year 2009 Publication BMC Public Health Abbreviated Journal BMC Public Health  
  Volume 9 Issue Pages 398  
  Keywords Adolescent Argentina/epidemiology Body Mass Index Female Humans Hypertension/complications/*epidemiology Norway/epidemiology Obesity/complications/*epidemiology Odds Ratio Overweight/*epidemiology Prevalence Young-HUNT HUNT1  
  Abstract BACKGROUND: To provide data on overweight, obesity and hypertension among adolescent girls in Norway and Argentina. METHODS: Data was obtained from two population-based, cross-sectional and descriptive studies containing anthropometric and blood pressure measurements of 15 to 18 year old girls. The study included 2,156 adolescent girls from Norway evaluated between 1995 and 1997, and 669 from Argentina evaluated between 2004 and 2005. RESULTS: Around 15% of adolescent girls in Norway and 19% in Argentina are overweight or obese. Body mass index (BMI) distribution in these two countries is similar, with a low percentage (< 1%) of girls classified as thin. Norwegian adolescents show a height mean value 8 cm taller than the Argentinean. Obesity is strongly associated with systolic hypertension in both populations, with odds ratios of 11.4 [1.6; 82.0] and 28.3 [11.8; 67.7] in Argentina and Norway, respectively. No direct association between BMI and systolic hypertension was found, and only extreme BMI values (above 80th – 90th percentile) were associated with hypertension. CONCLUSION: This study confirms a current world health problem by showing the high prevalence of obesity in adolescents and its association with hypertension in two different countries (one developed and one in transition).  
  Address Department of Mother & Child Health Research, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS), Buenos Aires, Argentina. strayped@gmail.com  
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  Language eng Summary Language Original Title  
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  Series Volume Series Issue Edition 2009/11/03  
  ISSN 1471-2458 (Electronic) 1471-2458 (Linking) ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes Stray-Pedersen, Marit Helsing, Ragnhild M Gibbons, Luz Cormick, Gabriela Holmen, Turid L Vik, Torstein Belizan, Jose M eng Comparative Study England 2009/11/03 06:00 BMC Public Health. 2009 Oct 30;9:398. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-9-398. Approved no  
  Call Number HUNT @ maria.stuifbergen @ 1983 Serial 1344  
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