Is the different time trend (1997-2008) of the obesity prevalence among adults in the three Belgian regions associated with lifestyle changes?

Last updated on 28-1-2022 by Sabine Drieskens

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BACKGROUND: Obesity is a major public health issue with increasing prevalence among adults. However, in Belgium the regional time trends (1997-2008) differed: the prevalence of obesity increased in the Flemish and Brussels Regions, but remained stable in the Walloon Region, the latter still showing the highest prevalence. The purpose of the present study is to explore if the different time trends of obesity prevalence in the three Belgian regions is associated with lifestyle changes.METHODS: We used data from four successive cross-sectional waves (1997, 2001, 2004 and 2008) of the Belgian H…

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