Paper Information

Journal:   JOURNAL OF BABOL UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (JBUMS)   AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2007 , Volume 9 , Number 3 (38); Page(s) 47 To 53.
 
Paper: 

THE PREVALENCE OF OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT IN YOUNG WOMEN AGED 18-25 YEARS OLD IN TONEKABONE (2005)

 
 
Author(s):  NASIRI REINEH H.*, SALARKIA N.
 
* ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY, TONEKABONE
 
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Obesity is a significant health problem that has been associated with chronic disease, and early death. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of overweight, obesity and nutritional status of young women in Tonekabone.
METHODS: This cross sectional study was performed on 774 young women aged 18-25 years old in Tonekabone who randomly selected by cluster sampling. Weight, height, waist and
hip circumferences of subjects were measured. Body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) were calculated. Overweight and obesity and abdominal obesity defined based on BMI=25-29.9 kg/m2, BMI
³30 kg/m2 and WHR ³0.85, respectively. Food intake was assessed by using 24-hour dietary recall for three non consecutive days and food frequency questionnaire. Diet data analyzed by nutrition III.
FINDINGS: The prevalence of overweight, obesity and abdominal obesity of the participants was 21.2%, 1.7% and 29.4%, respectively. Mean (SD) daily energy was 2380
±537 kcal. The mean percentage values of energy intake derived from carbohydrate, protein and fat were 60.0±13.5, 11.3±2.8 and 28.7±6.1, respectively. The physical activity of subjects was 43%, 45% and 12% that was light, moderate and heavy, respectively. Over 82% of the women were housewives and 20.7% were less educated.
CONCLUSION: This study showed that overweight and to smaller extent obesity were common in young women of Tonekabone. Necessary knowledge about proper nutrition in women of this age group is recommended.

 
Keyword(s): OBESITY, WOMEN, BMI, WHR, DIETARY INTAKE
 
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