A study of prevalence of obesity and an assessment of nutritional status in elderly south Indian population.

Bhat, Ramesh and *, Ganaraja B. and *, Bhagyalakshmi and *, Meenu S and *, Vinodini A and *, Nayanatara AK (2012) A study of prevalence of obesity and an assessment of nutritional status in elderly south Indian population. International Journal of Applied Biology and Pharmaceutical Technology, 3 (4). pp. 10-14.

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Abstract

Obesity and abnormal nourishment are the biggest concerns of developed and developing societies. We analysed the nutritional status using Mini Nutrition Assessment (MNA) and correlated the findings with BMI, Waist – to – Hip (W/H) ratio in elderly population of Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka. Total of 221 elderly subjects above the age of 50 years (105 were males and 116 were females) were recruited, who did not have any morbid diseases. Their Anthropometric parameters namely BMI and W/H were recorded and tabulated. They were grouped into Underweight, Normal, Over weight and Obese and the respective numbers were segregated and shown in table. MNA scores of each group were found out and the correlation was done. Results were analysed by using ANOVA and Tukey – Kramer test using SPSS version 16. The results suggested that there is a correlation between the BMI, W/H ratio with the MNA scores. Underweight elderly had low scores while overweight and obese subjects had higher scores. Women showed a higher tendency to become over weight and obese compared to men. This study reiterates that there is a correlation between anthropometric parameters and the nutritional status. A wider study with more number of subjects could yield more insight into the findings and be useful guide for suggesting any lifestyle modification.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Obesity, elderly population, MNA Score
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Physiology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2012 06:38
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2012 06:38
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/77524

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