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Central obesity among Islamshahr women, their perception of obesity, and their husbands' views on the subject

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Author(s): G. Sotoudeh | .S Khosravi | .F Koohdani

Journal: Journal of School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research
ISSN 1735-7586

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 13;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Women | Husbands | Perception | Obesity | Islamshahr

ABSTRACT
Background and Aim: Weight status perception is an important factor in nutritional behavior. The aim of this study was to determine Islamshahr women's self-perception of their obesity status and perception of their husbands' opinions regarding women's obesity status, as compared with the actual central obesity status of the women. Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional (descriptive-analytical) study carried out in 2003 on a cluster sample of Islamshahr women aged 20-65 years (n = 704). Data were collected by interviews and weight, height, and waist and hip circumferences were measured. A waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) greater than 0.849 was considered as central obesity. Based on the body mass index [BMI=weight/height2(kg/m2)],  underweight,  normal, overweight, and obese were defined as a BMI

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