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1 Overweight/Obesity Transition over time among Sub-Saharan Africas School-Aged Children: Results from a Systematic Review. PASHDA Conference (March 2014) Presented by: Stella Muthuri, PhD(c) 1, 2 Co-authors: Claire Francis 2, Lucy-Joy Wachira 3, Allana Leblanc 1, 2, Margaret Sampson 2, Vincent Onywera 2,3, Mark Tremblay 1,2,3 (1) University of Ottawa, Canada (2) Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Canada (3) Kenyatta University, Kenya

2 Introduction Worldwide populations are facing modern health risks due to increasing prevalence of overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, and sedentary behaviours. This has caused a shift in the major causes of death from traditional health risks or communicable diseases, to a growing burden of non- communicable diseases (WHO, 2009). The WHO classifies overweight/obesity as the 5th leading cause of global mortality (WHO, 2009). In SSA, traditional practices such as walking long distances, and habitual physical labour have been replaced by motorized transport, and sedentary activities, particularly in urban settings (Steyn & Damasceno, 2006). Further, an increased level of body fat is associated with beauty, prosperity, health, and prestige, while thinness is perceived to be a sign of ill health (Steyn & Damasceno, 2006).

3 Introduction Health risks associated with overweight/obesity are particularly problematic in children due to the potential for long-term health concerns. Evidence has shown that overweight/obesity in childhood is significantly associated with increased risk of obesity, physical morbidity, and premature mortality in adulthood (Lawlor et al. 2010; Reilly & Kelly, 2011; The et al. 2010). Children who are able to attain a normal weight by adolescence have better cardiovascular disease risk factor profiles when compared to those that remain overweight (Lawlor et al. 2010). Childhood is a crucial time to learn skills related to healthy active living. Recognising the diversity of populations in SSA, there are certain long-term developmental problems in this region that may tend to adversely affect most e.g. the concern for an immense double burden of disease due to persistent infectious diseases and modern risks associated with an overweight/obesity transition.

4 Objectives To determine if SSA is indeed undergoing an overweight/obesity transition. To examine time trends in the proportions of overweight/obesity, highlighting any research gaps and identifying areas of need for healthy active living interventions.

5 Methods Study inclusion criteria: Studies reporting using subjective or objective measures of body composition (weight, height, body mass index, waist/hip circumference, skin-folds, or body image assessment) in children aged 5-17 years. No date limits. Only studies of populations from SSA countries were included. Study exclusion criteria: Intervention programs and studies done on children with chronic conditions (in order to obtain information on a general population living under ordinary conditions). Electronic databases: Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid Embase, Africa Index Medicus, Global Health, Geobase, and EPPI-Centre database of health promotion research.

6 Methods The search strategy was created and run by a senior librarian. References were exported and de-duplicated. Titles and abstracts of potentially relevant articles were screened by two independent reviewers, and full text copies were obtained for articles meeting initial screening criteria. Full text articles were screened in duplicate for inclusion in the review, and any discrepancies discussed and resolved.

7 Methods Data extraction, quality assessment, and synthesis: Data extraction was completed using a standardized data extraction template. Study quality was assessed using a modified Downs and Black instrument (10 out of 27 possible questions). Reporting Objective Clearly StatedQuestion 1 from full checklist (Y=1/N=0) Main Outcomes Clearly DescribedQuestion 2 (Y=1/N=0) Patient Characteristics Clearly DefinedQuestion 3 (Y=1/N=0) Main Findings Clearly DefinedQuestion 6 (Y=1/N=0) Random Variability in Estimates ProvidedQuestion 7 (Y=1/N=0) Actual Probability Values ReportedQuestion 10 (Y=1/N=0) External Validity Sample Targeted Representative of PopulationQuestion 11 (Y=1/N=0) Sample Recruited Representative of PopulationQuestion 12 (Y=1/N=0) Internal Validity/Bias Statistical Tests Used AppropriatelyQuestion 18 (Y=1/N=0) Primary Outcomes Valid/ReliableQuestion 20 (Y=1/N=0)

8 Methods Data extraction, quality assessment, and synthesis: Due to heterogeneity in study methodology and cut-points used to categorize samples into under, healthy, overweight, and obese, we were unable to carry out a meta-analysis in this review. Quantitative syntheses were conducted by calculating the weighted averages of overweight/obesity taking into account the sample size in the different studies. Findings from the quantitative synthesis were also complemented with narrative syntheses of the included studies.

9 Key Findings Regional representation: Of the 283 studies included in the review, the four regions of SSA were well represented (27 countries captured in the review) 91 (32.1%) from West African countries - with Nigeria represented in 60 records 7 (2.5%) from Central African countries 75 (26.5%) from East African countries - with Kenya represented in 28 records 108 (38.2%) from South African countries - with S.A. represented in 102 records 2 (0.7%) that were East and West combined Publication rate: 1964 to articles from 1960 – from 1970 – from 1980 – from 1990 – from 2000 – from 2010 to May/June 2013

10 Key Findings Data quality assessment: The average modified Downs and Black score out of ten for all studies included in this systematic review was 7.4 (moderately good). The scoring process revealed that: Only 38 (13.4%) of 283 included articles targeted a sample that was representative of their population of interest; Only 31 (11.0%) recruited a sample that was representative of their population of interest; and, Only 11 (3.9%) articles explicitly mentioned using a nationally representative sample, one of which used the same study sample as that of another already included study.

11 Key Findings Body composition measures: Of the 283 included studies, majority reported on mean BMI, BMI-z- score, body fat percentage, waist circumference, skin fold measures, weight and height, or indicated using a number of other reference standard groups [these were used in narrative synthesis]. 68 studies were used in quantitative synthesis, since they used the more widely accepted international cut-points i.e. International Obesity Task Force (IOTF, 2000), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,2002), and the most recent (WHO,2007) cut-points to further categorize their samples into underweight, normal-weight, and overweight/obese.

12 Key Findings (Quantitative) Distinctive time trend towards increasing proportions of overweight/obesity in school- aged children in SSA. The figure also shows a similar but less prominent trend towards increasing proportions of obesity over time

13 Key Findings (Quantitative) Increasing trends in proportions of overweight/obesity over time for both boys and girls; however, the proportions are consistently higher in girls than in boys.

14 Key Findings (Quantitative) While not the focus of this manuscript, we also examined trends in underweight over time. We found a trend towards decreasing proportions of underweight over time in boys, a trend towards increasing proportions over time in girls, and a largely unaltered trend over time - at approximately 20% - when boys and girls were considered together.

15 Key Findings (Quantitative) The weighted averages (for the entire time period and all studies included in the quantitative analysis) BoysGirlsTotal Underweight (%) Overweight/Obesity (%) Obesity (%)

16 Key Findings (Narrative) Sex differences: Of the 96 studies that reported their data by sex, 31 articles reported that girls had higher body composition measures than boys, while 5 articles reported that boys had higher body composition measures than girls. The remaining studies either found no significant difference or did not report a difference between boys and girls. Urban/rural differences: 33 articles compared body composition measures in urban and rural populations. Of these, 29 studies reported significantly higher body composition measures in the urban compared to the rural sample, with the remaining studies reporting no significant difference between the two populations. Socioeconomic status (SES) differences: 24 articles reported on outcomes of interest by some measure of socioeconomic status (e.g., income quartile, public/private school attendance). Of these, 19 articles reported that higher SES was associated with higher body composition measures, whilst the remaining articles found no significant association of SES on body composition. Age differences: There was no convincing or consistent evidence of an independent age effect.

17 Discussion & Conclusions An overweight/obesity transition: Current evidence revealed a trend towards increasing proportions of overweight/obesity in school-aged children in SSA – similar to observed trends in developed countries; however, the weighted averages fall below proportions in various high income countries. Persistence of underweight: In discussing an overweight/obesity transition, it is important to recognize that child under-nutrition remains one of SSAs most fundamental challenge for improved human development. The underweight trend over time was largely unaltered at ~ 20%, substantiating the emergence of a public health double-edged sword.

18 Discussion & Conclusions Sex differences: Both quantitative and narrative synthesis revealed that body composition measures were proportionally higher in girls. Higher proportions of overweight/obesity in SSA girls may be related to differences in gender roles particularly those requiring higher physical exertion in boys than girls. Urban/rural and SES differences: Narrative synthesis revealed higher body composition measures in urban compared to rural populations. Higher SES was associated with higher body composition measures, pointing to a positive SES relationship (unlike the situation in many developed countries). May be due to improved access to governance, health care, education, employment and income, in addition to increased availability of packaged foods and increased sedentary behaviour.

19 Strengths and Limitations Strengths: Use of high quality standards to conceptualize and conduct the methodology and synthesis. As many decisions as possible were made a priori to limit possible bias, and all levels of the review process were conducted in duplicate, ensuring a higher level of accuracy. Limitations: Heterogeneity in the types of body composition measures, analyses, definitions of SES, and reference standards limited quantitative synthesis. Studies that used any of the three cut-points were analysed together in this review; however, when interpreting prevalence estimates of overweight/obesity, it is important to consider the choice of cut-point used in each study otherwise you may dilute or exaggerate the calculated proportions. It is also unclear if any material relevant for this review may have been published in un-indexed journals and hence not captured by the literature search.

20 Thanks for your attention!! Comments? Questions?

21 1exp "Africa South of the Sahara"/ 2(sub-sahar* or east afric* or south afric* or keny* or (south adj3 sahar*)).mp. 31 or 2 4sedentar$.tw. 5Sedentary Lifestyle/ 6((chair or sitting or car or automobile or auto or bus or indoor or in-door or screen or computer) adj time).tw. 7low energy 8(computer game* or video game* or ((television adj watch*) or tv watch*)).tw. 9television/ or computers/ or video games/ 10(screen based entertainment or screen-based entertainment or screen time).tw. 11physical inactivit*.tw. 12bed 14exp obesity/ 15(obesit* or obese).tw. 16exp overweight/ 17(overweight or over weight).tw. 18exp Body Fat Distribution/ 19exp body composition/ 20Waist Circumference/ 21waist Search Strategy

22 22Skinfold Thickness/ 23(skin folds or skin fold*).tw. 24(body composition* or BMI or body mass index).tw. 25exp "body weights and measures"/ 26(bio-impedance analysis or BIA).tw. 27Absorptiometry, Photon/ 28(absorptiometery or densitometry or photodensitometry or DXA or DEXA).tw. 29Physical Fitness/ 30(physical conditioning or physical fitness).tw. 31musculoskeletal 32physical endurance/ 33cardiovascular 34motor activit$.tw. 35physical exertion/ 36aerobic 37exp sports/ 38play/ 39exp physical education/ 40musculoskeletal physiological processes/ or exercise/ or movement/ or locomotion/ or running/ or swimming/ or walking/ or motor activity/ 41or/ (child* or adolescent* or youth* or pediatric* or paediatric*).tw. 433 and 41 and 42

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