Comparison of energy balance-related behaviours and measures of body composition between Turkish adolescents in Turkey and Turkish immigrant adolescents in the Netherlands

G. Akbulut, M. Yildirim, N. Sanlier, M.M. van Stralen, N. Acar-Tek, S. Bilici, J. Brug, J.S.B. de Meij, M. Gezmen-Karadag, E. Koksal, A. Oenema, A.S. Singh, S.J. te Velde, H. Yildiran, M.J.M. Chin A Paw

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Objective To explore the influences of migration to a Western country on obesity and related risk factors by comparing measures of body composition and energy balance-related behaviours between Turkish adolescents in Turkey (TR-TR) and adolescents from Turkish immigrant ethnicity in the Netherlands (TR-NL). Design Cross-sectional survey or baseline intervention data from six Dutch school-based studies and one Turkish study. Setting Primary and secondary schools. Subjects A total of 915 (49 % girls; mean age 13·1 (sd 0·8) years) TR-TR adolescents and 433 (51 % girls; mean age 11·7 (sd 1·3) years) TR-NL adolescents were included. Outcome measures were self-reported sugar-containing beverage consumption, fruit and vegetable intake, screen time, physical activity, measured body height and weight, BMI, waist and hip circumferences, and skinfold thicknesses. Results Our data showed that more TR-NL adolescents were overweight (31 % v. 26 %) and obese (9 % v. 6 %) and had significantly higher mean BMI (21·1 v. 20·0 kg/m
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2692-2699
JournalPublic health nutrition
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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