The overweight epidemic increasingly hits children of lower educated parents in Belgium

Last updated on 16-4-2024 by Sabine Drieskens

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Background Childhood overweight has a negative impact on children’s (mental) health. Although the prevalence of overweight among children is high in Western countries, the increasing trend seems to be levelling off since 2000. The purpose of this study is to examine this trend over the past two decades in Belgium and whether this trend differs by the parents’ socioeconomic status (SES). Methods Data from the Belgian Health Interview Survey (HIS), a representative cross-sectional household survey conducted in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2013 and 2018, was used. Study participants includ…

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