Childhood obesity is a critical public health matter associated with numerous pediatric comorbidities. Local-level data are required to monitor obesity and to help administer prevention efforts when and where they are most needed. We hypothesized that samples of children visiting hospital clinics could provide representative local population estimates of childhood obesity using data from 2007 to 2013. Such data might provide more accurate, timely, and cost-effective obesity estimates than national surveys. Results revealed that our hospital-based sample could not serve as a population surrogate. Further research is needed to confirm this finding.
Convenience sampling of children presenting to hospital-based outpatient clinics to estimate childhood obesity levels in local surroundingsAmerican Journal of Public Health
URL with Digital Object Identifierhttps://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302622
Citation InformationGilliland, J., Clark, A. F., Kobrzynski, M., & Filler, G. (2015). Convenience Sampling of Children Presenting to Hospital-Based Outpatient Clinics to Estimate Childhood Obesity Levels in Local Surroundings. American journal of public health, 105(7), 1332–1335. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302622