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Table 1 Rates of overweight and obesity (in percent) according to parent origin

From: The increase in child obesity in Switzerland is mainly due to migration from Southern Europe – a cross-sectional study

Origin of both parents Girls Boys
n Overweighta Obese n Overweighta Obese
Switzerland 2816 8.8 1.6 2867 9.6 1.2
Northern/Central Europe 383 7.0 0.8 387 5.4 1.0
Italy, Spain, Portugal 326 19.9 6.1 435 20.5 5.7
Balkan region 526 22.1 6.5 758 28.3 9.5
Turkey 135 23.0 5.2 144 25.0 6.3
One parent from Switzerland 1032 9.4 1.6 1084 9.0 1.6
 other parent: Northern/Central Europe 312 8.3 0.6 348 7.5 1.7
 other parent: Italy, Spain, Portugal 238 11.3 2.5 223 9.0 0.9
 other parent: Balkan region 74 6.8 0 89 11.2 4.5
 other parent: Turkey 22 13.6 0 22 18.2 4.5
 other parent: from other regions 386 9.3 2.3 402 9.5 1.0
Not from the same region/from other regions 778 17.5 3.0 872 16.5 3.6
Total 5996 12.0 2.5 6547 13.4 2.9
χ2-testb   χ2(12) = 169.96; p < 0.001d   χ2(12) = 313.53; p < 0.001d
χ2-testc   χ2(2) = 119.93; p < 0.001   χ2(2) = 217.51; p < 0.001
  1. a Category including obese subjects defined by the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) cut-offs [8]
  2. b χ2-test for association between IOTF category (non-overweight, overweight, obese) and origin of both parents (all categories)
  3. c χ2-test for association between IOTF category (non-overweight, overweight, obese) and origin of both parents (Switzerland versus Southern Europe)
  4. d One expected cell frequency was smaller than 5 (Northern/Central Europe)