Create Account | Sign In: Author or Forum

 
 
News  |  Journals  |  Conferences  |  Blogs  |  Articles  |  Forums  |  Twitter    
 

 Headlines:

 

Category: Cardiology | Endocrinology | Family Medicine | Internal Medicine | Journal

Back to Journal Articles

Increased Prevalence of Obesity in Rural Areas

Last Updated: September 21, 2012.

 

About 40 percent of rural adult residents are obese versus 33 percent of urban residents

Share |

Comments: (0)

Tell-a-Friend

 

  Related
 
Rates of obesity are significantly higher among rural adults compared with urban residents, according to a study published in The Journal of Rural Health.

FRIDAY, Sept. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of obesity are significantly higher among rural adults compared with urban residents, according to a study published in The Journal of Rural Health.

Christie A. Befort, Ph.D., from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, and colleagues analyzed obesity prevalence in rural and urban areas using body mass index, diet, and physical activity data from 7,325 urban and 1,490 rural adults in the 2005 to 2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The researchers found that the prevalence of obesity was significantly higher among rural versus urban adults (39.6 versus 33.4 percent; P = 0.006). Even after controlling for demographic, diet, and physical activity variables, the prevalence of obesity remained significantly higher among rural adults (odds ratio, 1.18; P = 0.03). Among both urban and rural adults, race/ethnicity and percent kilocalories from fat were significant correlates of obesity. Among rural residents, being married correlated with obesity, while for urban residents, older age, less education, and being inactive correlated with obesity.

"The findings of this study have significant public health implications for improving health outcomes among rural adults," the authors write. "Although some intervention research has begun to address obesity among rural adults and families, greater attention needs to be focused on dissemination of effective programs to rural areas which contain some of the largest medically underserved communities in the nation."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Previous: Urge to Overeat Linked to Production of Natural Narcotic Next: Decrease Seen in Global Peri-Op, Anesthesia-Related Mortality

Reader comments on this article are listed below. Review our comments policy.


Submit your opinion:

Name:

Email:

Location:

URL:

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)
 

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

 
     

 advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)

 

 

Useful Sites
MediLexicon
  Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us
Copyright © 2001-2014
Doctors Lounge.
All rights reserved.

Medical Reference:
Diseases | Symptoms
Drugs | Labs | Procedures
Software | Tutorials

Advertising
Links | Humor
Forum Archive
CME | Conferences

Privacy Statement
Terms & Conditions
Editorial Board
About us | Email

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.