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Socioeconomic inequalities in childhood overweight: heterogeneity across five countries in the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI-2008)

Journal article
Authors Lauren Lissner
TMA Wijnhoven
Kirsten Mehlig
Agneta Sjöberg
M Kunesova
A Yngve
A Petrauskiene
V Duleva
A Rito
J Breda
Published in International Journal of Obesity
Volume 40
Issue 5
Pages 796-802
ISSN 0307-0565
Publication year 2016
Published at Institute of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Public Health Epidemiology Unit
Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science
Pages 796-802
Language en
Subject categories Health Sciences, Epidemiology


Excess risk of childhood overweight and obesity occurring in socioeconomically disadvantaged families has been demonstrated in numerous studies from high-income regions, including Europe. It is well known that socioeconomic characteristics such as parental education, income and occupation are etiologically relevant to childhood obesity. However, in the pan-European setting, there is reason to believe that inequalities in childhood weight status may vary among countries as a function of differing degrees of socioeconomic development and equity.

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