Body Mass Index and Factors Related to Overweight among Algerian Women

  • Messaouda BENHAMZA Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences, Ahmed SALHI University Center, Naama- Algeria
  • Farouk BOUDOU Research Laboratory of Environment and Health (RLEH), Faculty of Medicine, Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria
  • Amal BELAKREDAR Eco-development laboratory spaces, Department of environmental sciences, Faculty of nature and life sciences, Djillali LIABES University Sidi-Bel-Abbès, BP 89, 22000 Sidi-Bel-Abbès, Algeria
  • Malika BENDAHMANE-SALMI Research Laboratory of Environment and Health (RLEH), Faculty of Medicine, Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria
  • Khadidja BENALLAL Research Laboratory of Environment and Health (RLEH), Faculty of Medicine, Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria
  • Sarra GHEFFARI Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences, Ahmed SALHI University Center, Naama- Algeria

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Algerian women, Body weight, BMI, Overweight, Age, Marital status, Professional status

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Author Biographies

Messaouda BENHAMZA, Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences, Ahmed SALHI University Center, Naama- Algeria

Research Laboratory of Environment and Health (RLEH), Faculty of Medicine, Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria

Farouk BOUDOU, Research Laboratory of Environment and Health (RLEH), Faculty of Medicine, Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria

Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences, Djillali Liabes University of Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria

Amal BELAKREDAR, Eco-development laboratory spaces, Department of environmental sciences, Faculty of nature and life sciences, Djillali LIABES University Sidi-Bel-Abbès, BP 89, 22000 Sidi-Bel-Abbès, Algeria

Eco-development laboratory spaces, Department of environmental sciences, Faculty of nature and life sciences, Djillali LIABES University Sidi-Bel-Abbès, BP 89, 22000 Sidi-Bel-Abbès, Algeria

Malika BENDAHMANE-SALMI, Research Laboratory of Environment and Health (RLEH), Faculty of Medicine, Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria

Research Laboratory of Environment and Health (RLEH), Faculty of Medicine, Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria

Khadidja BENALLAL, Research Laboratory of Environment and Health (RLEH), Faculty of Medicine, Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria

Research Laboratory of Environment and Health (RLEH), Faculty of Medicine, Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria

Sarra GHEFFARI, Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences, Ahmed SALHI University Center, Naama- Algeria

Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences, Ahmed SALHI University Center, Naama- Algeria

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BENHAMZA M, BOUDOU F, BELAKREDAR A, BENDAHMANE-SALMI M, BENALLAL K, GHEFFARI S. Body Mass Index and Factors Related to Overweight among Algerian Women. JDDT [Internet]. 15Sep.2020 [cited 25Sep.2020];10(5):219-22. Available from: http://jddtonline.info/index.php/jddt/article/view/4317