Comparison of Body Mass Index in relation to their place of residence among elderly population in Mangalore

Areeckal, Anju Shaju and *, Nayanatara Arunkumar and Pai, Sheila R (2015) Comparison of Body Mass Index in relation to their place of residence among elderly population in Mangalore. International Journal of Biomedical Research, 6 (2). pp. 101-103. ISSN 0976-9633

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Abstract

Aim & Objectives: To compare the association of body mass index among the elderly population living in old age homes and those lives along with their family members in Mangalore. Materials &Methods: 160 elderly individuals above 60 years of age were selected at random from old age homes and families (80 in each group) in Mangalore. Body mass index was calculated. Based on the BMI, the individuals were grouped into underweight, normal, overweight and obese category. Observations & Results: The percentage of underweight was significantly (p<0.01) higher among the elderly population living in the old age homes when compared to their counterparts staying with the families. Further, the percentage of overweight was found to be significantly (p<0.01) higher in elderly living with their family. Conclusion: Awareness has to be created among the elder people as well as their families on the importance of moderate physical exercise and weight reduction to prevent obesity and its associated diseases. National nutrition plans for older adults living in long-term care institutions should be considered as an important necessity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: BMI, elderly, family, old-age homes.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Physiology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2015 16:41
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2015 16:41
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/143970

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