Correlation between body mass index and blood pressure in urban school-going children of age 6–14 years

Authors

  • Swati Mehta
  • Rupesh Masand
  • Bhagwan Sahai Natani
  • Chaman Ram Verma
  • Sushmita Singh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32677/IJCH.2020.v07.i04.010

Keywords:

Children, Correlation, Hypertension, Obesity

Abstract

Background: Obesity and hypertension (HT) have been on a rise in children. Both are associated with the increased cardiovascular disease risk and related morbidity and mortality in adulthood. Objectives: The objectives of the study were to determine the body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure (BP) of school-going urban children and to find out the correlation between BMI and BP. Materials and Methods: This study was performed on 1000 healthy school-going children (492 males and 508 females). BMI and BP were determined and recorded. Relevant statistical analysis was performed to divulge the relationship. Results: A significant (p<0.001) and positive correlation was observed between BMI and BP irrespective of gender. HT and prehypertension were observed in a higher proportion of obese and overweight study subjects. Conclusion: Control of obesity is one of the most important preventive aspects of HT in children.

How to Cite

Mehta, S., Masand, R., Natani, B. S., Verma, C. R., & Singh, S. (2020). Correlation between body mass index and blood pressure in urban school-going children of age 6–14 years. Indian Journal of Child Health, 7(4), 176-179. https://doi.org/10.32677/IJCH.2020.v07.i04.010

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Original Articles