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Salud Pública de México

versão impressa ISSN 0036-3634

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VALDES-BADILLA, Pablo et al. Association between health anthropometric indexes with physical fitness in physically active elderly women. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2017, vol.59, n.6, pp.682-690. ISSN 0036-3634.  http://dx.doi.org/10.21149/8580.

Objective:

To associate health anthropometric indexes with physical fitness of elderly women (EW) who participate in physical exercise workshops.

Materials and methods:

272 Chilean women over 60 years took part in the study. The variables studied were BMI, waist circumference (WC), waist-height index (WHI) and physical fitness (PF). Correlations were made through the Pearson or Spearman coefficient, and bivariate associations using Pearson’s Chi-square and the Fisher’s exact test, considering p<0.05.

Results:

70.8% of the EW were overweight or obese; 68.8% and 96% were at cardiometabolic risk due to their WC and WHI, respectively. Their PF showed equal performance (53.5%) or higher (33.8%) according to their age and gender. Inverse correlations were found between nutritional status and cardiometabolic risk with PF tests (except for agility and dynamic balance [direct]), and direct association with back scratch test.

Conclusions:

Excess weight in physically active EW would not affect their physical-functional performance; however, cardiometabolic risk would be inversely associated with motor function.

Palavras-chave : anthropometric indexes; physical activity; physical fitness; elderly women; motor function; active aging.

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