Nutritional profile and obesity: results from a random-sample population-based study in Córdoba, Argentina

Laura R. Aballay, Alberto R. Osella, Ana G. De La Quintana, María del Pilar Diaz

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Introduction: Obesity is a chronic, heterogeneous, multifactorial disease, which has sharply increased in prevalence in both developed and developing countries. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of obesity and to identify socio-demographic risk factors associated with it, with special emphasis on diet. Methods: Nutritional status, demographic characteristics, lifestyle habits, and food consumption patterns derived from a Food Frequency Questionnaire were investigated. Exhaustive exploratory analyses were performed in order to describe dietary patterns, and logistic regression models were used for odds ratio estimation. Results: The study included 4328 subjects, over 18 years old and resident in Cordoba city. The prevalence of overweight and obesity was 34 and 17 %, respectively, with 60 % in men and 45 % in women of BMI ≥ 25. Obesity risk factors were high intake of sodium, refined grains, starchy vegetables, and snacks. A lower risk of overweight and obesity was associated with an adequate, moderate intake of meats, eggs, alcoholic beverages, sugar and sweets, milk, yogurt, and pulses. Conclusions: A high intake of snacks, refined grains, starchy vegetables and sodium and low intake of yogurt, milk, pulses, and whole grains seem to be associated with the emergence and high prevalence of obesity in Cordoba, Argentina.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-685
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Nutrition
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016

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Argentina
Obesity
Population
Yogurt
Snacks
Vegetables
Milk
Logistic Models
Sodium
Demography
Alcoholic Beverages
Feeding Behavior
Nutritional Status
Developed Countries
Meat
Eggs
Developing Countries
Life Style
Odds Ratio
Diet

Keywords

  • Argentina
  • Logistic regression
  • Obesity
  • Odds ratio
  • Overweight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Nutritional profile and obesity : results from a random-sample population-based study in Córdoba, Argentina. / Aballay, Laura R.; Osella, Alberto R.; De La Quintana, Ana G.; Diaz, María del Pilar.

In: European Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 55, No. 2, 01.03.2016, p. 675-685.

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Aballay, Laura R. ; Osella, Alberto R. ; De La Quintana, Ana G. ; Diaz, María del Pilar. / Nutritional profile and obesity : results from a random-sample population-based study in Córdoba, Argentina. In: European Journal of Nutrition. 2016 ; Vol. 55, No. 2. pp. 675-685.
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