High prevalence of obesity among inner-city adolescent boys in the Bronx, New York: Forgetting our boys

Carmen R. Isasi, Amy Whiffen, Eleanor Campbell, Yolanda Florez, Katherine Freeman, Judith Wylie-Rosett

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We examined sex differences in overweight and obesity in a sample of 1,619 inner-city adolescents. Participants were enrolled from 11 public schools in the Bronx, New York. The prevalence of overweight and obesity was 21.7% and 22.5%, respectively; prevalence of obesity was significantly higher among adolescent boys than adolescent girls (24.9 vs 20.1%). Childhood obesity is a public health concern in the United States, and the higher prevalence of obesity in adolescent boys requires additional attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA23
JournalPreventing Chronic Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


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  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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