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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
How to Cite: Perera, R. and 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
Published on 26 Nov 2012.
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