Lifestyle and eating- related behaviors of overweight/ obese women compared with normal weight group

Asiyeh Pormehr, Homeira HamayeliMehrabani, Azita Kamjoo, Fatemeh Dabiri, Arefe Shahi


The prevalence of overweight and obesity is associated with numerous chronic diseases and it has particularly been increased in women. This study aimed to investigate the lifestyle and weight-related behaviors in obese women compared with normal people . A cross-sectional study conducted between 225 women aged 20 to 60, who referred to health centers of Bandar Abbas city. They were randomly selected, semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire was used, and their weight, height, waist and hip circumference were recorded. Subjects were compared in two groups of obese and normal based on body mass index. Abdominal obesity was prevalent in studied subjects even with normal BMI, 51% had abdominal obesity and 44% of women were overweight/ obese based on BMI. The frequency of obesity in the higher education level was lower than low/ illiterate group and the frequency of abdominal obesity in women whose husbands were less educated was higher (p<0.05 for both). The frequency of fried food consumption for women used to watch TV ≥3 hours/day and those who watched TV less than an hour were significantly different; 3.0±0.7 vs. 2.3± 0.9 times/week (p<0.05). Conversely, the frequency of fruit consumption per week was lower in first group 8.9± 2.1 and 10.9± 1.4 times/week, respectively but was not significantly different . There were a relationship between education level of studied subjects and their spouses with weight status. Hours of watching TV was associated with an unhealthy dietary pattern.

Keyword: weight-Related Behaviors, Women, Obesity, Eating Habits

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