ERICA: Prevalences of hypertension and obesity in Brazilian adolescents

Katia Vergetti Bloch, Carlos Henrique Klein, Moyses Szklo, Maria Cristina C. Kuschnir, Gabriela De Azevedo Abreu, Laura Augusta Barufaldi, Gloria Valeria Da Veiga, Beatriz Schaan, Thiago Luiz Nogueira Da Silva, Maurício Teixeira Leite De Vasconcellos, Ana Julia Pantoja Moraes, Ana Luíza Borges, Ana Mayra Andrade De Oliveira, Bruno Mendes Tavares, Cecília Lacroix De Oliveira, Cristiane De Freitas Cunha, Denise Tavares Giannini, Dilson Rodrigues Belfort, Eduardo Lima Santos, Elisa Brosina De LeonElizabeth Fujimori, Elizabete Regina Araújo Oliveira, Erika Da Silva Magliano, Francisco De Assis Guedes Vasconcelos, George Dantas Azevedo, Gisela Soares Brunken, Isabel Cristina Britto Guimarães, José Rocha Faria Neto, Juliana Souza Oliveira, Kenia Mara B. De Carvalho, Luis Gonzaga De Oliveira Gonçalves, Maria Inês Monteiro, Marize M. Santos, Paulo César B. Veiga Jardim, Pedro Antônio Muniz Ferreira, Renan Magalhães Montenegro, Ricardo Queiroz Gurgel, Rodrigo Pinheiro Vianna, Sandra Mary Vasconcelos, Tamara Beres Lederer Goldberg

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OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of arterial hypertension and obesity and the population attributable fraction of hypertension that is due to obesity in Brazilian adolescents. METHODS: Data from participants in the Brazilian Study of Cardiovascular Risks in Adolescents (ERICA), which was the first national school-based, cross-section study performed in Brazil were evaluated. The sample was divided into 32 geographical strata and clusters from 32 schools and classes, with regional and national representation. Obesity was classified using the body mass index according to age and sex. Arterial hypertension was defined when the average systolic or diastolic blood pressure was greater than or equal to the 95th percentile of the reference curve. Prevalences and 95% confidence intervals (95%CI) of arterial hypertension and obesity, both on a national basis and in the macro-regions of Brazil, were estimated by sex and age group, as were the fractions of hypertension attributable to obesity in the population. RESULTS: We evaluated 73,399 students, 55.4% female, with an average age of 14.7 years (SD = 1.6). The prevalence of hypertension was 9.6% (95%CI 9.0-10.3); with the lowest being in the North, 8.4% (95%CI 7.7-9.2) and Northeast regions, 8.4% (95%CI 7.6-9.2), and the highest being in the South, 12.5% (95%CI 11.0-14.2). The prevalence of obesity was 8.4% (95%CI 7.9-8.9), which was lower in the North region and higher in the South region. The prevalences of arterial hypertension and obesity were higher in males. Obese adolescents presented a higher prevalence of hypertension, 28.4% (95%CI 25.5-31.2), than overweight adolescents, 15.4% (95%CI 17.0-13.8), or eutrophic adolescents, 6.3% (95%CI 5.6-7.0). The fraction of hypertension attributable to obesity was 17.8%. CONCLUSIONS: ERICA was the first nationally representative Brazilian study providing prevalence estimates of hypertension in adolescents. Regional and sex differences were observed. The study indicates that the control of obesity would lower the prevalence of hypertension among Brazilian adolescents by 1/5. DESCRIPTORS: Adolescent. Obesity, epidemiology. Hypertension, epidemiology. Cross-Sectional Studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1s-12s
JournalRevista de saude publica
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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