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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-61

Age variations in overweight men and women in rural areas of Hooghly District, West Bengal

1 Asst. Prof., Department of Community Medicine, Calcutta National Medical College, West Bengal, India
2 Reader and Head, Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, India
3 Research Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, India

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M Bhadra
Research Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 18232147

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A cross-sectional study was conducted among a total of 598 men and women to investigate age and sex variations in the prevelence of overweight, obesity and hypertension among adult (>18 years) residents of Dearah, Hooghly District, West Bengal. Height, weight and systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure mesurements were made on each subject. Prevelence of overweight was significantly higher among women. There existed significant age-group differences among men in the frequency of overweight and obese individuals. The overall (both sexes combined) prevelence of hypertension was 25.9%. There was significant age-group difference in the prevelence of hypertension. There was a consistent trend in increasing rates of hypertension as well as mean BMI, SBP, DBP and mean arterial pressure (MAP) with increasing age.

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