logo BDSP

Base documentaire

  1. Psychosocial and socio-economic factors in women and their relationship to obesity and regional body fat distribution.

    Article - En anglais


    Abdominal obesity, as well as psychosocial and socio-economic handicaps are risk factors for serious, prevalent diseases.

    Connections between these variables have been found in men.


    The principal aim of the present study was to analyse the associations between psychosocial and socio-economic factors with body mass index (BMI) and the waist-to-hip circumference ratio (WHR) in women.


    A cohort study of data derived from questionnaires.


    1137 women from a population sample of 1464 women born in 1956.


    Occupational, social and leisure time conditions, smoking and alcohol habits, as well as height, weight and waist and hip circumferences.


    BMI was associated with teetotalism and negatively to wine drinking.

    WHR correlated directly with cigarette smoking and negatively with consumption of wine and beer.

    Both BMI and WHR, adjusted for each other and for smoking and alcohol, showed independent associations with low education, unemployment and problems at work when employed, as well as with little physical activity and much TV-watching.

    In addition, the WHR showed a negative, independent relationship to housing conditions.


    These observations suggest psychosocial and socio-economic handicaps as well as a low physical activity in abdominally obese women.

    Similar observations have been made previously in men, but only with the WHR, suggesting an influence of obesity in these relationships in women only. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Obésité, Indice masse corporelle, Anthropométrie, Etude comparative, Statut socioéconomique, Tabagisme, Alcoolisme, Epidémiologie, Suède, Europe, Adulte, Homme, Femelle, Etat nutritionnel, Trouble nutrition

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Obesity, Body mass index, Anthropometry, Comparative study, Socioeconomic status, Tobacco smoking, Alcoholism, Epidemiology, Sweden, Europe, Adult, Human, Female, Nutritional status, Nutrition disorder

    Logo du centre Notice produite par :
    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0118610

    Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 16/11/1999.