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CORDERO, María Laura  and  CESANI, María Florencia. Overweight, obesity and perceived health in contexts of poverty in Tucumán, Argentina. Salud colect. [online]. 2018, vol.14, n.3, pp.563-578. ISSN 1669-2381.

In contexts in which poverty compromises children’s health and quality of life, the study of perceived health allows for the identification of aspects of quality of life affected by overweight and obesity. From this perspective, the objectives of this study were: 1) to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity in schoolchildren aged 8-12 years living in contexts of poverty, 2) to describe and compare the perception of health of children according to the presence or absence of overweight and obesity, and 3) to identify possible factors associated with low quality of life related to health. A quantitative and cross-sectional study was conducted. The KIDSCREEN-52 questionnaire was applied and weight and height were assessed in 666 schoolchildren living in the department of Simoca (province of Tucumán), which has high percentages of structural poverty. The high prevalence of overweight (23.0%) and obesity (27.2%) affect the perception of health among children, especially in psychosocial dimensions such as moods and emotions, autonomy, social acceptance, and financial resources.

Keywords : Overweight; Obesity; School Health; Quality of Life; Poverty; Argentina.

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