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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-53

Desirable factors for maintaining normal BMI of urban affluent women of Delhi

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Home Science, Lakshmibai College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
2 Director, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India

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Anu Taneja Gupta
Assistant Professor, Department of Home Science, Lakshmibai College, University of Delhi, A-62, Third Floor, South Extension, Part-2, New Delhi - 110 049
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.152864

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The study aimed to identify desirable social, familial, reproductive, dietary, and lifestyle factors for maintaining normal body mass index (BMI) of urban affluent women (25-45 years) in Delhi, India. A total of 387 urban affluent women with at least one living child participated in this cross-sectional study conducted from March 2008 to April 2010. Women were classified into four BMI categories on the basis of World Health Organization (WHO; 2004) classification for Asians. Significant factors for maintaining normal BMI were: Younger age, less parity, nuclear family, normal weight status of parents, postpartum weight gain between 2 and 3 kg, regularity in taking meals, fixed meal size, self-perceived normal weight, and shorter sitting time and television viewing time. Multivariate regression analysis identified five determining factors for maintaining BMI, which are normal weight of father, self-perceived normal weight, fixed meal size, sitting time less than 6 h/day, and television viewing time less than 1 h/day. By small lifestyle modifications, normal BMI can be maintained.

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