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PREVALENCE OF OBESITY AND ITS ASSOCIATION WITH DEMOGRAPHIC INDICES IN REFERENTS TO UNIVERSITY JAHAD KHOZESTAN CLINIC

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 Start Page 21 | End Page 35

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 Background and Objective: The studies represent the alarming global epidemic of OBESITY. The aim of this study was to determine association between OBESITY and DEMOGRAPHIC INDICES in over 18-years old referents to university jahad clinic. Materials and Methods: Subjects were 252 adult referents to clinic from Mar.2009 to Sep.2009. Participants including 68 males (26.9%) and 184 females (73.1%) had an average age 33.43±13.56 years. Anthropometric measurements (height and weight) were obtained according to standard protocol. The body mass index (BMI) was also measured. OVERWEIGHT and OBESITY were defined according to BMI=25 – 29.9 and BMI ³ 30, respectively. The ages of participant categorized to 3 groups: 18-30, 31-50, 51-80 years old. The collected data were analyzed with SPSS 17 using descriptive statistics, T-test and chi square. Results: A prevalence of OVERWEIGHT and OBESITY were 30.7% and 33.6% respectively (32.6% and 34.9% female, 16.7% and 17.9% males). The average BMI in females was significantly more than males (P=0.0001). The most prevalence of OVERWEIGHT and OBESITY were observed in 31-50 age group males and females with more than 51 years old (30.7%, 49.3%, respectively). Twenty five percent of more than 51 years old males group and 57.9% of women in these age group were obes. The prevalence of OVERWEIGHT and OBESITY in single participants were 22.6% and 14.2%, respectively and married were 32.4 % and 39.5%, respectively. Conclusion: The prevalence of OVERWEIGHT and OBESITY in more than 50 years old females group referring to clinic are high and the high risk age of OBESITY prevalence is 31-50 years old in adult males and females.

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