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  1. What is a healthy weight for middle aged women ?

    Article - En anglais


    To explore associations between body mass index (BMI) and selected indicators of health and well-being and to suggest a healthy weight range (based on BMI) for middle aged Australian women.


    Population based longitudinal study (cross-sectional baseline data).


    13 431 women aged 45-49 y who participated in the baseline survey for the Australian Longitudinal Stud on Women's Health.


    Forty-eight percent of women had a BMI>25kg/m2.

    Prevalence of medical problems (for example hypertension, diabetes), surgical procedures (cholescystectomy, hysterectomy) and symptoms (for example, bac pain) increased monotonically with BMI, while indicators of health care use (for example, visits to doctors) showed'J'shaped relationship with BMI.

    Scores for several sub-scales of the MOS short form health survey (SF36) (for example, general health, role limitations due to emotional difficulties, social function, mental health and vitality) were optimal when BMI was around 19 - 24 kg/m2.

    After adjustment for area of residence, education, smoking, exercise and menopausal status, low BMI was associated with fewer physical health problems than mid-level or higher BMI, and the nationally recommended BMI range of 20-25 was associated with optimum mental health, lower prevalence of tiredness and lowest use of health services. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Poids corporel, Idéal, Age mûr, Indice masse corporelle, Australie, Océanie, Etude longitudinale, Etude transversale, Homme, Femelle

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Body weight, Ideal, Middle age, Body mass index, Australia, Oceania, Follow up study, Cross sectional study, Human, Female

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0289184

    Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 27/11/1998.