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Salud Pública de México

versión impresa ISSN 0036-3634

Resumen

FOLEY, John T; LLOYD, Meghann; TURNER, Lesley  y  TEMPLE, Viviene A. Body mass index and waist circumference of Latin American adult athletes with intellectual disability. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2017, vol.59, n.4, pp.416-422. ISSN 0036-3634.  http://dx.doi.org/10.21149/8204.

Objectives:

To examine both body mass index (BMI) status and waist circunference (WC) in a large international sample of adult Special Olympics participants from Latin America. It also explored the association of age and sex with obesity in this population.

Materials and methods:

BMI and WC records from a total of 4174 (2683 male and 1491 female) participant records from the Special Olympics International Health Promotion database were examined.

Results:

The prevalence of overweight and obesity was quite high (i.e. > 40%), but generally lower than studies involving adults with intellectual disabilities from Europe and the USA. Chi-square analyses revealed that both increasing age and being female significantly predicted levels of overweight, obesity, and WC.

Conclusions:

These results suggest that efforts need to be made to prevent and reduce rates of overweight and obesity among Latin American Special Olympics participants, particularly women.

Palabras llave : adult; body mass index; overweight; obesity; intellectual disability; waist circumference; Latin America.

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