Change in women's body mass index and waist circumference, 1997 to 2002: the Nepean study

Shrewsbury, Vanessa A., Garnett, Sarah P., Cowell, Christopher T., Crawford, David and Baur, Louise A. 2005, Change in women's body mass index and waist circumference, 1997 to 2002: the Nepean study, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 183-186.

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Title Change in women's body mass index and waist circumference, 1997 to 2002: the Nepean study
Author(s) Shrewsbury, Vanessa A.
Garnett, Sarah P.
Cowell, Christopher T.
Crawford, David
Baur, Louise A.
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 29
Issue number 2
Start page 183
End page 186
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc
Place of publication Malden, MA
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Summary Objective: To investigate character istics associated with body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference stability over a five-year period in women with school-age children.

Methods: Women with 7–8 year-old children from western Sydney, Australia, had anthropometric measures taken in 1996/97 (n====436) and five years later (n=327). Socio-demographic characteristics examined at baseline included age, socioeconomic status, smoking, and number of children.

Results: Over five years, less than half of the women maintained a stable BMI (38.8%) or waist circumference (31.5%), with the majority gaining in both indicators of adiposity. BMI and socio-demographic characteristics were not predictive of BMI or waist circumference stability or decrease.

Conclusions and Implications: Total and abdominal adiposity increased in these Australian women who have children. The results support the need to develop effective weight gain prevention initiatives.

Notes Published Online: 25 Sep 2007
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1999-2008 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008837

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