Body Mass Index and Factors Related to Overweight among Algerian Women
Overweight is responsible for a wide range of health problems, and there is no report on its magnitude among Algerian women. This survey aims to provide valuable information to determine the influence of age categories, marital, parity and professional status on weight gain among a women random sample (115 participants). The comparison of candidates’ body mass indexes (BMIs) according to their age categories show that weights and BMIs increased with increasing age. Women over 35 years old have the highest BMI (29.48±6.84 kg/m²) and belong to the overweight category compared to the other age categories. Marital status analysis showed a significant increase in BMI of married women (27.44±9.62 kg/m²) compared to unmarried participants, while no direct relationship was observed between increasing BMI and parity status. Whereas, the data on the professional status of the participants indicate that housewives have the highest BMI (27.75±11.83 kg/m²) compared to working women or students (25.51±6.09 and 22.54±2.75 respectively). From this study, we can conclude that the prevalence of overweight is directly related to the age, martial and professional status of Algerian women.
Keywords: Algerian women, Body weight, BMI, Overweight, Age, Marital status, Professional status.
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