Intestinal parasite infection may not be associated with body fat and obesity in school‐age Mexican children: interim analysis results (639.12)

Gerardo Zavala, Olga García, Maiza Campos Ponce, María Caamaño, Dolores Ronquillo, Guadalupe Martínez, Jorge Rosado

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Intestinal parasites, virus and bacterial infections have shown to be positively associated with obesity and adiposity in vitro and in animal models, but conclusive evidence of this relationship in humans is lacking. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to determine if intestinal parasites influence adiposity and obesity in a population that have a high prevalence of both parasitic infection and obesity. Until now, a total of 101 school-age children (8 ± 1.5 years) of a total of 300 children from a rural area in Querétaro, Mexico, have been evaluated. Anthropometry (weight, height, waist circumference) and body composition by DXA were measured in all children. A stool sample was analyzed by kato katz. The prevalence of obesity and overweight was 17.5% and 11.7%, respectively. Protozoa infection was present in 45.7% of the children and 11.2% were infected with helminthes: 9.1% with Ascaris lumbricoides, 1.5% with Hookworm, 1.5% with Hymenolepis nana. Preliminary analysis show no relationship between intestinal parasites and body fat percent, body fat content or BMI-for-age in this population.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe FASEB Journal
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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