Hong Kong Med J 2013;19(Suppl 4):S45-7
Risk factors and outcomes of childhood obesity in Hong Kong: a retrospective cohort study
SY Ho, YK Lai, TH Lam, V Chan, KK Mak, WS Lo
School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong
1. Onset of obesity is related to age, gender, pubertal stage, dietary habits, and parental occupation. Targeting the high-risk groups may help curb obesity in children.
2. Obesity may lead to poor self-esteem and potential psychosocial risk. The psychosocial impact of obesity could be more pronounced in girls than boys.
3. The association between obesity and psychosocial health could be bi-directional. Improving psychosocial health could be beneficial in weight management for normal-weight and obese children.
4. Obesity is associated with higher blood pressures.