Parental Body Mass Index in association with the prevalence of overweight/obesity among adolescents in Greece; dietary and lifestyle habits in the context of the family environment: The Vyronas study Academic Article uri icon


  • The objective of this study was to evaluate whether Parental Body Mass Index is associated with overweight/obesity in a sample of Greek adolescents, taking into consideration dietary and lifestyle habits. The Vyronas study is a cross-sectional health and nutrition survey. During 2004/2005, 2008 schoolchildren were selected. BMI was calculated for both parents and adolescents. A semi-quantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire was applied. Results demonstrated that there is a strong positive association between the parental overweight/obesity status and their offspring's BMI. Some dietary and lifestyle habits seem to affect boys and girls BMI in relation to parental status differently.


  • Kosti, Rena I
  • Panagiotakos, Demosthenes B
  • Tountas, Yiannis
  • Mihas, Costas C
  • Alevizos, Alevizos
  • Mariolis, Theodoros
  • Papathanassiou, Marek
  • Zampelas, Antonis
  • Mariolis, Anargiros

publication date

  • July 2008