Analysis of anthropometric parameters for women over 40 years in Latvia

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Abstract

Introduction. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the use of anthropometric parameters to assess the extent of overweight and obesity in the adult population, which is one of the risk factors for metabolic and cardiovascular disease. The purpose of our study is to determine the variations in the anthropometric indicators of the female population of Latvia.
Materials and methods. In this article we analyzed the anthropometric parameters of women aged 40–65 years, such as height (cm), body weight (kg), waist circumference and hip circumference (cm), and calculated the statistically average parameters of the body mass index and the hip-waist ratio. Respondents – women of the study group were divided into five age groups, in each subgroup we made the comparative analysis of
anthropometric parameters.
Results. We recorded a high prevalence of overweight and obesity in the studied groups of women.
Discussion. Analysis of investigated anthropometrics parameters, BMI and WHR for Latvian women in age after 40 revealed that the mean values of BMI in all groups have exceeded standard level and were more than 25. We have determined statistically significant differences between all five age subgroups according to the body mass value, height value and BMI value. Anthropometric data analysis showed that most of the examined respondents women have a moderate health risk that means that all WHR is from 0,81 to 0,85. Women with overweight have more medical complication then individuals with the standard body mass level. BMI and WHR was a simple, easy, inexpensive, highly reproducible, and accurate tool for prevention, control, and intervention against adults’ (women) obesity.
Translated title of the contributionAnalysis of anthropometric parameters for women over 40 years in Latvia
Original languageRussian
Pages (from-to)37-42
JournalВестник Московского университета. Серия 23: Антропология = Vestnik Moskovskogo universiteta. Seriya 23: Antropologiya
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • anthropometric parameters
  • body mass index
  • waist / hip index
  • obesity
  • Latvia

Field of Science

  • 3.1 Basic medicine

Publication Type

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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