Prevalence of underweight, overweight and obesity in urban Hanoi, Vietnam

Walls, Helen L., Peeters, Anna, Son, Pham Thai, Quang, Nguyen Ngoc, Hoai, Nguyen Thi Thu, Loi, Do Doan, Viet, Nguyen Lan, Khai, Pham Gia and Reid, Christopher M. 2009, Prevalence of underweight, overweight and obesity in urban Hanoi, Vietnam, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 234-239.

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Title Prevalence of underweight, overweight and obesity in urban Hanoi, Vietnam
Author(s) Walls, Helen L.
Peeters, AnnaORCID iD for Peeters, Anna
Son, Pham Thai
Quang, Nguyen Ngoc
Hoai, Nguyen Thi Thu
Loi, Do Doan
Viet, Nguyen Lan
Khai, Pham Gia
Reid, Christopher M.
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 234
End page 239
Total pages 6
Publisher H E C Press
Place of publication Wellington, Vic.
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 0964-7058
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Nutrition & Dietetics
Summary This study aims to assess the prevalence of underweight, overweight and obesity among adults in urban Hanoi, Vietnam; and compare these results to previous estimates among adults in urban Ho Chi Minh City. Survey participants were residents in urban Hanoi, Vietnam and aged between 25-74 years. Data from a cross-sectional biomedical survey conducted in 2004 were collected; which included a questionnaire, physical examination and blood tests. The age-standardised prevalence of overweight and obesity in 2004, using Asian-specific body mass index cut-offs, were 28.6% and 2.1%, respectively. The prevalence of overweight/obesity (combined) was similar in males (29.7%) and females (31.5%), and generally increased with age. The prevalence of overweight/obesity was considerably lower if the standard cut-off values of the World Health Organization were used. The age-standardised prevalence of underweight was 13.3%; and that of 'increased risk'/'substantially increased risk' waist circumference (combined) was 27.9% in males and 25.7% in females, respectively. Almost one in three adults in urban Hanoi were overweight or obese in 2004 and more than one in ten were underweight (based on Asian-specific cut-off values). This prevalence of overweight/obesity is similar to that for adults in urban Ho Chi Minh City, but the prevalence of underweight is lower. While low body weight remains a concern, overweight and obesity are an increasing problem for urban Vietnamese adults.
Language eng
Field of Research 1111 Nutrition And Dietetics
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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