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Distribution and correlates of Body Mass Index in the elderly residents of the Colombo District

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R Perera ,

Office of the Provincial Director of Health Services, Maligawatte, Colombo, LK
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L Ekanayake

Faculty of Dental Science, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, LK
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Abstract

Objective: To determine the distribution and correlates of body mass index in the elderly residents of the Colombo District.

Methodology: The sample consisted of 452 subjects aged 60 years and above residing in the Colombo district of Sri Lanka. Data collection included a physical examination and an interviewer administered questionnaire.

Results: The mean BMI was significantly higher in females and the 60-70 year olds compared to males and >70 year olds. Of the sample, 46% was normal weight while 20, 16 and 18% were under weight, over weight and obese respectively. Age, gender and ethnicity were associated with being obese while ethnicity was associated with being overweight.

Conclusion: The results indicate that the prevalence of under nutrition and overweight/ obesity was high in this sample of the elderly.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v17i1.4930

Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol.17(2) June 2012 9-14
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v17i1.4930
How to Cite: Perera, R. & Ekanayake, L., (2012). Distribution and correlates of Body Mass Index in the elderly residents of the Colombo District. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka. 17(1), pp.9–14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v17i1.4930
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Published on 26 Nov 2012.
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