Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Print version ISSN 0104-4230
MONTILLA, Regina das Neves Girão; MARUCCI, Maria de Fátima Nunes and ALDRIGHI, José Mendes. Nutritional status and food intake assessment of climacterics women. Rev. Assoc. Med. Bras. [online]. 2003, vol.49, n.1, pp. 91-95. ISSN 0104-4230. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-42302003000100040.
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the nutritional status and food intake of climacterics women. METHODS: In a transversal study were evaluated 154 women matriculated in the Clinic of the Climacteric Woman of the Health Center of Public Health College of the São Paulo University, Brazil. The analyzed variables were body mass index (BMI) and food intake (energy, percentual distribution of macronutrients, A and C vitamins, calcium and iron minerals). To analyse food caloric value and calcium and iron minerals, were utilized two age groups (35-50 y and 51-65 y). To analyse BMI, macronutrients percentage and A and C vitamins were utilized the total population (35-65 years of age). In all variables were calculated mean and standard deviation. RESULTS: The mean BMI was 29.3 kg/m² (±6.2 kg/m²), with 75% of population above normality. About the energy, the results indicated adequacy to two age groups; about the distribution percentual of macronutrients, all were inadequate. In relation to the vitamins and minerals, all were inadequates, with exception of iron. CONCLUSION: The population studied presents risks to health owing to high value of BMI and inadequate intake of macronutrients, calcium, A and C vitamins.
Keywords : Climacterium; Nutritional status; Food intake; Body Mass Index (BMI); Obesity; Osteoporosis.