Table 1 Prevalence of abdominal obesity based on randomly selected children from Ballabeina (August 2008) and KISS (August 2005) according to different waist circumference criteria

From: Discordances in the application of different criteria for quantification of paediatric abdominal obesity: an analysis of two Swiss studies

  Boys Girls Test (P-value)
Ballabeina (5–6 years) N=162 N=190  
 Fredriks et al3 3.7 (1.4–7.9) 4.2 (1.8–8.1) (1.00)a
 Fernandez et al.2 3.1 (1.0–7.1) 3.2 (1.2–6.7) (1.00)a
 Schwandt et al.4 4.9 (2.2–9.5) 5.8 (2.9–10.1) 0.12 (0.73)
 McCarthy et al.5 16.7 (11.3–23.3) 16.8 (11.8–22.9) 0.01 (0.97)
 Katzmarzyk et al.6 49.4 (41.4–57.3) 55.3 (47.9–62.4) 1.21 (0.27)
KISS (6–11 years)    
 Fredriks et al3 1.8 (0.2–6.2) 6.0 (2.6–11.4) (0.12)a
 Fernandez et al.2 1.8 (0.2–6.2) 4.5 (1.7–9.5) (0.30)a
 Schwandt et al.4 1.8 (0.2–6.2) 9.0 (4.7–15.1) (0.02)a
 McCarthy et al.5 19.5 (12.6–28.0) 27.6 (20.2–36.0) 2.24 (0.14)
 Katzmarzyk et al.6 36.3 (27.4–45.9) 37.3 (29.1–46.1) 0.03 (0.87)
  1. Results are expressed as percentage and 95% confidence interval.
  2. aComparison between genders by χ2 or Fisher’s exact test.