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COSI Portugal is scientifically coordinated and conducted by the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA) along with the Directorate General of Health (DGS) and implemented re- gionally by the Regional Directorates of Health (ARS) of Alentejo, Algarve, Lisboa and Vale do Tejo (LVT), Centre, North, Azores and Madeira. CEIDSS (Centre of Studies and Research on Social Dy- namics and Health) offers technical and scientific support, spe- cifically in the collection and data management.

During the last 8 years, COSI Portugal has been showing an in- verse trend regarding the prevalence of childhood overweight: from 37,9% in 2008 to 30,7% in 2016, resulting in a decrease of 7,2%. Regarding the prevalence of obesity, it was also found a decrease from 15,3% in 2008 to 11,7% in 2016.

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Prevalence of childhood thinness, overweight (including obe- sity) and obesity (6-8 years old) in the different phases of COSI Portugal (2008 to 2016).

COSI Portugal Fact Sheet 2016

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Recent Publications

  1. World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, Factsheet COSI, Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative HIGHLIGHTS 2015-17 – Preliminary data Available here
  2. Abarca-Gómez, L.; Abdeen, Z.A.; Hamid, Z.A.; Abu-Rmeileh, N.M.; Acosta-Cazares, B.; Acuin, C.; Adams, R.J.; Aekplakorn, W.; Afsana, K.; Aguilar-Salinas, C.A.; et al. (NCD Risk Factor Collaboration) Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: A pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128.9 million children, adolescents, and adults. Lancet (2017); 390: 2627–4. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32129-3Available here
  3. Lissner L, Wijnhoven TMA, Mehlig K, Sjöberg A, Kunesova M, Yngve A, Petrauskiene A, Duleva V, Rito AI and J Breda. Socioeconomic inequalities in childhood overweight: heterogeneity across five countries in the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI–2008) International Journal of Obesity (2016), 1–7Available here
  4. Wijnhoven TMA, van Raaij JM, Spinelli A, Yngve A, Lissner L, Spiroski I, Farrugia Sant’Angelo V, Pérez-Farinós N, Martos E, Heinen M , Kunešová M, Rito AI, Hovengen R, Starc G , Duleva V, Pudule I, Petrauskiene A, Braeckevelt L, Hassapidou M, Breda J, van ’t Veer P. WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: Impact of Type of Clothing Worn during Anthropometric Measurements and Timing of the Survey on Weight and Body Mass Index Outcome Measures in 6–9-Year-Old Children. Epidemiology Research International (2016)Available here
  5. Wijnhoven TMA, van Raaij JM, Yngve A, Sjöberg A, Kunešová M, Duleva V, Petrauskiene A, Rito AI, Breda J: WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: health-risk behaviours on nutrition and physical activity among 6–9-year-old schoolchildren. Public Health Nutrition 2015 Dec;18(17):3108-24. doi: 10.1017/S1368980015001937Available here
  6. Wijnhoven TMA, van Raaij JM, Yngve A, Sjöberg A, Kunešová M, Duleva V, Petrauskiene A, Rito AI, Breda J: WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: health-risk behaviours on nutrition and physical activity among 6–9-year-old schoolchildren. Public Health Nutrition 2015 Dec;18(17):3108-24. DOI:10.1017/S1368980015001937. Available here
  7. Wijnhoven TA, van Raaij J, Sjöberg A, Eldin N, Yngve A, Kunešová M, Starc G, Rito AI, Duleva V, Hassapidou M, Martos E, Pudule I, Petrauskiene A, Farrugia Sant’Angelo V, Hovengen R, Breda J. WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: School Nutrition Environment in relation to Body Mass Index in Primary Schools Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 2014, 11(11), 11261-11285; (IF 1,99) doi:10.3390/ijerph111111261 Available here
  8. Wijnhoven TA, van Raaij J, Sjöberg A, Eldin N, Yngve A, Kunešová M, Starc G, Rito AI, Duleva V, Hassapidou M, Martos E,Pudule I, Petrauskiene A, Farrugia Sant’Angelo V, Hovengen R, Breda J. WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: School Nutrition Environment in relation to Body Mass Index in Primary Schools Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 2014, 11(11), 11261-11285. doi:10.3390/ijerph111111261 Available here
  9. Wijnhoven TA, van Raaij J, Spinelli A, Starc G, Hassapidou M, Spiroski I, Rutter H, Martos E, Rito AI, Hovengen R, Pérez-Farinós N, Petrauskiene A, Eldin N, Braeckevelt L, Pudule I, Kunešová M, Breda J: WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: body mass index and level of overweight among 6–9-year-old children from school year 2007/2008 to school year 2009/2010. BMC Public Health, 14:806, 2014. DOI:10.1186/1471-2458-14-806 Available here
  10. Wijnhoven T; van Raaij J; Spinelli A; Rito AI, Hovengen R; Kunesova M;. Starc G; Rutter H; Sjöberg A; Petrauskiene A; O’Dwyer U; Petrova S;. Farrugia Sant’Angelo V; Wauters M; Yngve A; Rubana IM; and J. Breda. WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative 2008: weight, height and body mass index in 6–9-year-old children. Pediatric Obesity, 8(2), 79–97, 2013. DOI:10.1111/j.I2047-6310.2012.00090.x Available here
  11. Rito A; Wijnhoven T; Rutter H; Carvalho MA; Paixão E; Ramos C; Claudio D; Espanca R; Sancho T; Cerqueira Z; Carvalho R; Faria C; Feliciano E and J. Breda.Prevalence of obesity among Portuguese children (6–8 years old) using three definition criteria: COSI Portugal, 2008. Pediatric Obesity, 7(6), 413-422. 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2012.00068.x Available here
  12. PORTUGAL. Ministério da Saúde. Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge, e outro. Guia de Avaliação de Estado Nutricional Infantil / Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge. Ana Rito, João Breda, Isabel do Carmo coords. – Lisboa, IP 2011 Available here
  13. Breda J, Vijnhoven TMA, van Raaij JMA, Spinelli A, Rutter H,Wauters M, Petrova S, Markidou E, Kunesova M, O’Dwyer U, Pudule I , Petrauskiene A, Sant ´ Angelo FV, Hovengen R, Meisfjord JR, Rito A, Starc G, Sjoberg A,Yngve A, Kovacs V, Chassapidou M, Perez N, Vladimir Kendrovski: What can we learn from collaborative European programmes? Obesity Reviews 01/2011; 12(Supp. 1):4-5. · IF 7.86 Available here