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Association Between Socioeconomic Factors and Obesity in Iran

Author(s): Habibollah Esmaeily | Mohsen Azimi-Nezhad | Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan | Mohammad-Reza Parizadeh | Mohammad Safarian | Mohammad-Javad Parizadeh | Bahareh Hassankhani | Elahe Salardini | Zaim-Kohan Houshang | Hossini Javad | Oladi Mohammad Reza | Gordon Ferns

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
ISSN 1680-5194

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 53;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: obesity | overweight | khorasan province | Iran | socioeconomic status

The present study was conducted to determine the relationship between socio-economic factors and obesity within a population from Iran. Male and female subjects (n=4977) aged 15-65 years, were recruited from the Great Khorasan province of Iran using a cluster-stratified sampling method. Demographic and socioeconomic data were collected by questionnaire. Of the study population, 29.1% were overweight and 13.8% were obese. Being overweight and obese was significantly more prevalent among women than men and urban- compared to rural-dwellers. A high prevalence of overweight and obesity was seen among individuals who were divorced or widowed and among housewives, or individuals with poor education. Urbanization, age, illiteracy, female gender and divorced, or widowed status were significant predictors of obesity (p
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