This study examined weight in young Hispanic children over a 2-year period and investigated the relations among overweight, physical activity (PA), caloric intake, and family history in the development of the metabolic syndrome (MS). Forty-seven children (ages 5-8) from diverse Hispanic backgrounds recruited from elementary schools were evaluated. Laboratory analyses, anthropometric data, and measures of PA and caloric intake were included. The majority of the children were overweight at baseline (66%) and at follow up (72%). Children who were overweight at baseline were more likely to exhibit MS at follow up than were those who were not overweight at baseline. Overweight appears to be an independent predictor of MS among Hispanic children.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology