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A research on obesity among Turkish seafarers

Selçuk Nas, Remzi Fışkın
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2014.0036
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International Maritime Health 2014;65(4):187-191.

open access

Vol 65, No 4 (2014)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2014-12-16
Submitted: 2014-12-16
Accepted: 2014-12-16

Abstract

Background: Obesity and overweight threaten not only seafarer’s health but also the safety of operations on board a ship. The aim of the study was to investigate the statistical distribution of obesity and overweight among Turkish seafarers by using the health examination reports data collected between 2009 and 2012.

Materials and methods: The data on weight, height and age obtained from 143,341 medical examination reports of Turkish seafarers were used with the official permission of Directorate General of Health for Border and Coastal Areas. Considering the data in the health reports, body mass index (BMI) values were calculated, analysed and compared with Turkish general population and Danish seafarers.

Results: It has been found that BMI values of Turkish seafarers were boomed over the years. While Turkish male seafarers get older, their BMI values rise progressively. After the age of 28, BMI scores exceed the acceptable level. In addition, they reach maximum average 27.8 BMI value in their 50s.

Conclusions: The activities, which will provide awareness to Turkish seafarers and the ship operators about the dangers of obesity, should be done. Also convenient environments and time for physical exercise on board a ship must be provided for seafarers.

Abstract

Background: Obesity and overweight threaten not only seafarer’s health but also the safety of operations on board a ship. The aim of the study was to investigate the statistical distribution of obesity and overweight among Turkish seafarers by using the health examination reports data collected between 2009 and 2012.

Materials and methods: The data on weight, height and age obtained from 143,341 medical examination reports of Turkish seafarers were used with the official permission of Directorate General of Health for Border and Coastal Areas. Considering the data in the health reports, body mass index (BMI) values were calculated, analysed and compared with Turkish general population and Danish seafarers.

Results: It has been found that BMI values of Turkish seafarers were boomed over the years. While Turkish male seafarers get older, their BMI values rise progressively. After the age of 28, BMI scores exceed the acceptable level. In addition, they reach maximum average 27.8 BMI value in their 50s.

Conclusions: The activities, which will provide awareness to Turkish seafarers and the ship operators about the dangers of obesity, should be done. Also convenient environments and time for physical exercise on board a ship must be provided for seafarers.

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Keywords

obesity, body mass index, Turkish seafarers

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Title

A research on obesity among Turkish seafarers

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 65, No 4 (2014)

Pages

187-191

Published online

2014-12-16

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2014.0036

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2014;65(4):187-191.

Keywords

obesity
body mass index
Turkish seafarers

Authors

Selçuk Nas
Remzi Fışkın

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