Author information: As in many other Asian countries, Sri Lanka is in the phase of a rapid demographic, nutritional and epidemiological transition. As a result dietary habits and lifestyle are changing.
These have led to new health problems in the region. Childhood overweight and obesity are examples of such problems.
To provide information on the nutritional status of years old schoolchildren in an urban area of Sri Lanka. Seven schools situated in the city of Colombo were randomly selected.
They showed a fair lan,a of children of all social levels. Fifty students from each grade years 4, 5, 6, 7 of each school were randomly selected.
Their height was measured using a stadiometer to the closest 0. Calibration was checked with a standard weight at each 25 measurements.
Information regarding behaviour, feeding practices and socioeconomic factors were obtained by a questionnaire filled by the parent or the guardian. Obesity prevalence among boys 4.
ss The prevalence of thinness was Apart from family income, behaviour patterns did not significantly influence the nutritional status. Although the data are not representative of the entire country, nutritional s lanka sex is evident in the city of Colombo.
Obesity and overweight in older children are some emerging ssex problems that may be the consequence of emerging patterns of the lifestyle and diet in response to social and cultural changes.