Prevalence of overweight among Dutch primary school children living in JOGG and non-JOGG areas

Annita Kobes*, Tina Kretschmer, Margaretha C Timmerman

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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BACKGROUND: One of the most influential integrated approaches towards reducing childhood obesity is EPODE, a program that has been translated to over 20 different countries worldwide.

AIM: The goal of this study was to explore how JOGG-the Dutch EPODE adaptation-might reduce overweight prevalence among children.

METHODS: To compare whether overweight prevalence was different in JOGG areas vs. non-JOGG areas, in long-term JOGG areas vs. short-term JOGG areas, and in low SES JOGG areas vs. middle/high SES JOGG areas, secondary anthropometric and personal data of 209,565 Dutch children were mapped onto publicly available JOGG data.

RESULTS: Findings showed that overweight prevalence decreased from 25.17% to 16.08% in JOGG-areas, and from 32.31% to 18.43% in long-term JOGG areas. However, when taking into account SES, the decrease in prevalence was mainly visible in low SES long-term JOGG areas.

CONCLUSION: JOGG appeared to be successful in targeting areas where overweight was most prevalent. Low SES areas that had implemented JOGG for a longer period of time, i.e., six years, appeared to be successful in decreasing overweight prevalence.

Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's14
TijdschriftPLoS ONE
Nummer van het tijdschrift12
StatusPublished - 17-dec-2021

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