Future Strategies in Pediatric Obesity Prevention

Maria Luisa Di Pietro, Adele Anna Teleman, Chiara De Waure, Andrea Poscia

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaContributo a convegnopeer review


If the future generations are being programmed in an early and definite manner towards obesity, the real primary prevention would be to reduce the presence of the determining factors in the mother population. In Italy, an important questions is what is the current situation as regards to BMI, eating habits and smoking habits of the future mothers. In this survey, information was collected from 8,735 university students of 18-30 years of age, through the distribution of questionnaires in seven different regions of Italy. The data deriving from the population of 5,827 female students was analyzed through the EPI-info program. 34.0% of the women had a BMI that was not within the normal range. 7.0% was pre-obese and 1.1% was obese. 25.8% of the women was mildly (19.2%), moderately (6.4%) or severely (0.2%) thin. 50.0% of the women do not eat at least one portion of vegetables/day and only 27.9% of the women eat more than one portion of vegetables/day. 36.3% of the women declared that they currently smoke. It would be necessary to promote nutritional education and anti-smoking campaigns in the preconception period to increase the number of women who reach pregnancy with correct BMI and lifestyles.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)N/A-N/A
RivistaEuropean Journal of Public Health
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2014
Evento7th European Public Health Conference Mind the gap: Reducing inequalities in health and health care - Glasgow
Durata: 19 nov 201422 nov 2014


  • Pediatric obesity
  • prenatal prevention


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