Overweight and obesity in the population of 60-year-old and older inhabitants of Biała Podlaska

Journal Title: Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu - Year 2015, Vol 21, Issue 2


Introduction. Regular physical activity delays ageing processes, facilitates good well-being and diminishes the risk of many diseases, including overweight and obesity. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of occurrence of excessive body weight in the population of 60-year-old and older inhabitants of Biała Podlaska, with consideration of their physical activity. Material and methods. The experimental material were results of examinations of 180 females and 167 males aged 60 and over. The level of their physical development was characterized based on the assessment of body height and weight, waist circumference (WC), hip circumference, BMI and WHR value. The respondents’ physical activity was determined based on data collected from the study participants (physically active and physically inactive persons). The results were subjected to statistical analysis. Results. In the total population examined, overweight or obesity was observed in 78.33% of females and 82.03% of males. The normal body weight was noted in 21.67% of all females and 17.97% of all males. Body weight deficiency was observed in only one woman. When analyzed based on WHR values, abdominal obesity was noted in 88.34% of females (WHR>0.8) and 70.86% of males (WHR>0.9). Based on waist circumference, abdominal obesity was observed in 72.23% of the women (WC>88 cm) and 41.35% of males (WC>102 cm). Conclusion. Inhabitants of Biała Podlaska were characterized by a similar frequency of the occurrence of excessive body weight, compared to their contemporaries from Poland and other countries. Physical activity of seniors had no significant impact on the differences in their weight-to-height ratio. In contrast, significant differences were noted between somatic traits of respondents classified into groups with various levels of physical activity. In addition, the frequency of occurrence of abdominal obesity in women was related with the level of their physical activity. Such a relationship was not observed in the case of males.

Authors and Affiliations

Agnieszka Wasiluk, Jerzy Saczuk, Paulina Szyszka, Zbigniew Chazan


Related Articles

Level of anxiety and depression in the perioperative period and category of surgical procedure in a group of women treated for gynaecological reasons

Introduction and the purpose of the study: Fear and depression are psychological factors shaping the reaction of female patients to surgical trauma. The objective of the study was determination of the level of anxiety an...

Prozdrowotne właściwości cynamonu

Cynamon to nie tylko powszechnie znana przyprawa, ale również stosowany od wieków w różnych zakątkach świata środek leczniczy. W niniejszej pracy przedstawiono krótki przegląd informacji na temat prozdrowotnych właściwoś...

Development of primary health care in Ukraine in the light of global trends

[b]Introduction and objective[/b]. In the article various approaches, principles and requirements as to the organization of the primary health care (PHC) are analyzed, the efficiency of which has been proved in well-plan...

Dioxins and furanes in the environment and their effect on the human body

Chemical compounds named dioxins are among important sources of environment pollution. They belong to trinuclear aromatic compounds produced, among others, as a by-product while producing some herbicides. The environment...

Implementation of electronic medical records. Part 1 – impact on effectiveness of work of medical Staff

Introduction: Information technology is increasingly more commonly considered as an important instrument for the improvement of the effectiveness and quality of health care, especially in evidence based medicine. From am...

Download PDF file
  • EP ID EP58504
  • DOI -
  • Views 109
  • Downloads 0

How To Cite

Agnieszka Wasiluk, Jerzy Saczuk, Paulina Szyszka, Zbigniew Chazan (2015). Overweight and obesity in the population of 60-year-old and older inhabitants of Biała Podlaska. Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu, 21(2), 227-232. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-58504