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Vol 2, No 1 (2006)
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Self-assessment of obesity among women and men in Lower Silesia

Katarzyna Zatońska, Ludmiła Waszkiewicz, Marek Bolanowski
Endokrynol. Otył. Zab. Przem. Mat 2006;2(1):12-17.

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Vol 2, No 1 (2006)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2006-02-07

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INTRODUCTION. The life style changes and food availability promote overweight and obesity dissemination in population. This problem more often occurs in women during perimenopausal period and was observed especially in well-developed countries. Overweight and obesity significantly increase morbidity and mortality due to cardiovascular diseases, neoplasms, diabetes mellitus, and additionally influence unfavourably the course of some chronic diseases. The aim of the study was to assess obesity degree in Lower Silesia inhabitants based on self-reported data with reference to gender and age.
MATERIAL AND METHODS. Questionnaire study was carried out in representative sample of randomly selected 1190 subjects over 18 years of age from Lower Silesia. Body mass index (BMI) in relation to gender and age was analyzed in age groups: 18-44 years, 45-64 years, over 65 years.
RESULTS. Normal weight was affirmed in 51.1%, overweight in 32.8%, obesity in 12.8%, and underweight in 3,3% of study population. Normal BMI was more often observed in women (55.7%) than in men (46.3%). Percentage of overweight subjects was higher in men (40.9%) than in women (25.4%). The distribution of BMI changes with age in population structure - percentage of subjects with normal BMI decreases and increases in overweight and obese subjects.
CONCLUSIONS. Study population shows unfavorable tendencies of BMI, which increases with age and that the higher BMI more frequently occurs in men than in women. Overweight was more often observed in men but women were more obese than men. Reported results in this study are lower than ones in other polish studies, which suggests the underestimation of body weight in self-assessment. Mentioned above BMI changes’ impact on increase of risk factors of obesity-related diseases reflects the tendencies in other economically developed populations.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION. The life style changes and food availability promote overweight and obesity dissemination in population. This problem more often occurs in women during perimenopausal period and was observed especially in well-developed countries. Overweight and obesity significantly increase morbidity and mortality due to cardiovascular diseases, neoplasms, diabetes mellitus, and additionally influence unfavourably the course of some chronic diseases. The aim of the study was to assess obesity degree in Lower Silesia inhabitants based on self-reported data with reference to gender and age.
MATERIAL AND METHODS. Questionnaire study was carried out in representative sample of randomly selected 1190 subjects over 18 years of age from Lower Silesia. Body mass index (BMI) in relation to gender and age was analyzed in age groups: 18-44 years, 45-64 years, over 65 years.
RESULTS. Normal weight was affirmed in 51.1%, overweight in 32.8%, obesity in 12.8%, and underweight in 3,3% of study population. Normal BMI was more often observed in women (55.7%) than in men (46.3%). Percentage of overweight subjects was higher in men (40.9%) than in women (25.4%). The distribution of BMI changes with age in population structure - percentage of subjects with normal BMI decreases and increases in overweight and obese subjects.
CONCLUSIONS. Study population shows unfavorable tendencies of BMI, which increases with age and that the higher BMI more frequently occurs in men than in women. Overweight was more often observed in men but women were more obese than men. Reported results in this study are lower than ones in other polish studies, which suggests the underestimation of body weight in self-assessment. Mentioned above BMI changes’ impact on increase of risk factors of obesity-related diseases reflects the tendencies in other economically developed populations.
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obesity; body mass index; Lower Silesia; self-assessment

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Title

Self-assessment of obesity among women and men in Lower Silesia

Journal

Endocrinology, Obesity and Metabolic Disorders

Issue

Vol 2, No 1 (2006)

Pages

12-17

Published online

2006-02-07

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Endokrynol. Otył. Zab. Przem. Mat 2006;2(1):12-17.

Keywords

obesity
body mass index
Lower Silesia
self-assessment

Authors

Katarzyna Zatońska
Ludmiła Waszkiewicz
Marek Bolanowski

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