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  1. Trends in the prevalence of obesity among Belgian men at work, 1977-1992.

    Article - En anglais


    To assess trends in average body mass index (BMI) and the prevalence of obesity between 1977 and 1992, in middle-aged Belgian men at work.


    A subsample of men at work, aged 40-54y extracted from the base-line data from four independent prospective studies, each representing a period (Physical Fitness Study (1977-1978), Belgian Interuniversity Research on Nutrition and Health (BIRNH) (1979-1984), Multinational Monitoring of Trends and Determinants in Cardiovascular Diseases (MONICA) (1986-1991) and ORCA (1992-1993)). DESIGN : Linear regression of the average body mass index (kg/m2) and logistic regression of the prevalence of obesity (BMI = 30 kg/m2).

    Independent variables taken into account in multivariate analysis were : age, educational level, marital status and region.


    In this subsample of Belgian men at work, aged 40-54y, prevalence of obesity increased from 9.2% in 1977-1978 to 14.5% in 1992-1993.

    This rise was present in each five-year age group, in both regions and in all educational groups, but strongest in the lowest educated.

    After adjustment for sociodemographic covariables, it was estimated that with regard to 1977-1978, the proportion of men with a BMI = 30 kg/m2 doubled over the 15-year period (odds ratio OR (95% confidence intervals, 95% CI)) : 1.98 (1.40 ; 2.80). (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Obésité, Epidémiologie, Prévalence, Indice masse corporelle, Etude comparative, Age, Niveau étude, Statut conjugal, Travailleur, Belgique, Europe, Adulte, Homme, Mâle, Etat nutritionnel, Trouble nutrition

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Obesity, Epidemiology, Prevalence, Body mass index, Comparative study, Age, Education level, Marital status, Worker, Belgium, Europe, Adult, Human, Male, Nutritional status, Nutrition disorder

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

    Cote : 98-0482947

    Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 19/02/1999.