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Dietary intake and blood lipid profile in overweight and obese schoolchildren

Ana Elisa Madalena Rinaldi12*, Erick Prado de Oliveira13, Fernando Moreto13, Gleice Fernanda Costa Pinto Gabriel14, José Eduardo Corrente5 and Roberto Carlos Burini1

Author Affiliations

1 CeMENutri – Centre for Physical and Nutritional Metabolism, Sao Paulo State University/UNESP, Department Of Public Health, Botucatu City, Sao Paulo State, Brazil

2 School of Medicine, Federal University of Uberlândia, Uberlândia City, Minas Gerais State, Brazil

3 Department Of Pathology, Sao Paulo State University/UNESP, Botucatu City, Sao Paulo State, Brazil

4 School of Medicine, Southern Paraná State University (Unioeste), Cascavel city, Paraná State, Brazil

5 Department Of Statistics, Sao Paulo State University/UNESP, Botucatu City, Sao Paulo State, Brazil

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BMC Research Notes 2012, 5:598  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-598

Published: 30 October 2012



The high blood lipid levels and obesity are one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, and the atherosclerotic process begins in childhood. Some environmental factors are supposed to be involved in this relationship, such as dietary factors. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between dietary intake and blood lipids levels in overweight and obese schoolchildren.


This is a cross-sectional study with 147 overweight and obese schoolchildren in Botucatu city, Brazil. The anthropometric measurements (body weight, height, body mass index, waist circumference and skinfolds), pubertal staging evaluation and biochemical tests were taken in all children. Three 24h-recall were applied in order to estimate the dietary intake and its relationship with blood lipid levels. The Student t test and multiple linear regression analysis were used for statistical analysis. Statistical significance was assessed at the level of 0.05. The data were processed in SAS software (version 9.1.3; SAS Institute).


At this study, 63% of children were obese (body mass index higher than 95th percentile) and 80% showed high body fat percentage. The percentage of children with abnormal total cholesterol and triglycerides was 12% and 10%, respectively, and 28% presented at least one abnormal lipid levels. The average values of anthropometric measurements were higher in children with elevated lipid levels. Total cholesterol levels were positively related to full-fat dairy products and triglycerides levels to saturated fat percentage.


Saturated fat was positively associated with elevated lipid levels in overweight and obese schoolchildren. These results reinforce the importance of healthy dietary habits since childhood in order to reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases in adulthood.

Body mass index; Schoolchildren; Food consumption; Blood lipid