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Determinants of overweight or obesity among ever-married adult women in Bangladesh
Authors: Haribondhu Sarma, Nazmus Saquib, Md Mehedi Hasan, Juliann Saquib, Ahmed Shafiqur Rahman, Jahidur Rahman Khan, Md Jasim Uddin, Mark R. Cullen, and Tahmeed Ahmed
Source: BMJ Open, 3:13; DOI: 10.1186/s40608-016-0093-5
Topic(s): Nutrition
Women's health
Country: Asia
Published: MAR 2016
Abstract: Background The prevalence of overweight and obesity is increasing in Bangladesh. It is higher among Bangladeshi women than among men. This study was conducted to assess a host of demographic and socioeconomic correlates of overweight and obesity, separately for the urban and rural women of Bangladesh. Methods We used data from the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) 2011. The BDHS provides cross-sectional data on a wide range of indicators relating to population, health, and nutrition. We analyzed nutrition-related data to identify the factors associated with being overweight or obese among ever-married women aged 18–49 years. Results Of 16,493 women, about 18 % (95 % CI 17?·?80–18?·?99) were overweight or obese. Unemployed urban women were at 1?·?44 (95 % CI 1?·?18–1?·?76, p?