Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh, Tran Thi Thu Hang, Pham Hong Lam, Duong Nam Khanh, Do Hoang Ngoc Ha

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This study analyzes the association of eating habits with overweight and obesity among adolescents at the age of 11-14 from 9 junior high schools in Hanoi to help design a model for predicting overweight and obesity resulted from eating habits. A case-control study was conducted on 222 overweight/obese adolescents and 616 normal-weight adolescents (according to the International Obesity Taskforce Standards, IOTF). The research results show that protective factors of overweight and obesity include snacking (snacking at least 2 hours before or after a main meal), consumption of milk and dairy products in snacks, and sensory liking for fruit. Risk factors include sensory liking for: fat, sweet, fast food, carbonated soft drinks; skipping breakfast; and snacking before bed. The best predictive model of overweight and obesity is built from logistic regression analysis including 8 of the above eating habits with AUC (Area under the Curve) value of 0.931. The study concludes that eating habits are closely related to overweight and obesity among 11-14 year-old adolescents in Hanoi.


Eating habits, overweight, obesity, adolescence, risk factor.


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