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Secular trends in waist circumference in Spanish adolescents, 1995 to 2000–02
  1. L A Moreno1,
  2. A Sarría2,
  3. J Fleta1,
  4. A Marcos3,
  5. M Bueno2
  1. 1E.U. Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  2. 2Departamento de Pediatría, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  3. 3Grupo Inmunonutrición, Departamento de Nutrición y Metabolismo, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to:
    Prof. L A Moreno
    E.U. Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de Zaragoza, Domingo Miral s/n, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain;


Two studies, in 1995 and 2000–02, were compared to assess changes in waist circumference in adolescents. Between the two time periods, waist circumference increased significantly in males at 13 years and in females at 14 years. Significant changes in waist circumference were observed during the study period; the rates of change were 0.53 and 0.86 cm/y in boys and 0.67 and 0.87 cm/y in girls. Future morbidity in adolescents may be affected due to accumulation of excess central fat.

  • obesity
  • epidemiology
  • waist circumference
  • adolescents

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  • Funding: The AVENA study was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Health (FIS 00/0015 and Red de Centros C03/09), and grants from Panrico S.A., Madaus S.A., and Procter and Gamble S.A.

  • Competing interests: none