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Obesity rate high for off-reservation, American Indian children


American Indian children at an off-reservation clinic have an obesity rate double that of white children and are less likely to have had a well-child visit, according to study findings.

Emily J. Tomayko, PhD, of the department of nutrition at University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and colleagues analyzed electronic health records from 1,482 American Indian children and 81,042 white children with documented primary care visits between 2007 and 2012. Researchers examined related community-level and individual-level risk factors with logistic regression models.

Researchers found that American Indian children had nearly double the rate of obesity vs. white children (20% vs. 10.6%; P < .001) and a higher rate of overweight (14.8% vs. 12.7%; P < .001). In addition, American Indian children also had fewer well-child visits per year than white children (55.9% vs. 67.1%; P < .001).


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