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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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CRISTOVAO, Maria Fernanda; SATO, Ana Paula Sayuri  and  FUJIMORI, Elizabeth. Overweight and abdominal obseity in women users of a Family Health Strategy Unit . Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.spe2, pp.1667-1672. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342011000800005.

We performed an investigation of the prevalence of overweight and abdominal obesity and associate variables in women. A cross-sectional study with 298 women (20-59 years), users of a Family Health Strategy unit, in São Paulo-SP. Overweight was considered as follows: body mass index>25kg/m2; abdominal obesity: waist circumference 0.80m or waist-hip ratio>0.85. Logistical regression analysis was performed. Overweight affected 56% of the women, 37% were overweight and 19% were obese, and was associated with age, family income, tobacco use and hypertension. Of all the participants, 59% had abdominal obesity associated to age and hypertension. A high prevalence of overweight and abdominal obesity was observed in the women, thus reinforcing the importance of assessing the waist circumference and/or waist-hip ratio in the physical examination, besides the body mass index, which are aspects that help to predict risk. It is evidenced there is a need for community interventions that promote the reduction of overweight and abdominal obesity.

Keywords : Women; Obesity; Obesity, abdominal; Overweight; Socioeconomic factors; Family Health Program.

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