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BMC Research Notes

, 6:119

First Online: 26 March 2013Received: 11 June 2012Accepted: 18 March 2013DOI: 10.1186-1756-0500-6-119

Cite this article as: Gele, A.A. & Mbalilaki, A.J. BMC Res Notes 2013 6: 119. doi:10.1186-1756-0500-6-119


BackgroundNorway is experiencing an increase in overweight-obese adults, with immigrants from developing countries carrying a heavy burden. The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Somali immigrants in Oslo.

FindingsA cross-sectional study involving 208 respondents aged 25 and over was conducted among Somali immigrants in Oslo, using a structured questionnaire. Prevalence of overweight-obesity varied by gender, with women having a significantly higher prevalence 66% than men 28%. The mean BMI for females and males were 27.4 and 23.6, respectively. Similarly, 53% of women and 28% of men were abdominally obese. In a logistic regression analysis, both generalized and abdominal obesity were significantly associated with increasing duration of residence in Norway, and with being less physically active.

ConclusionPublic health policymakers should facilitate an environment that enables Somali immigrants, particularly women, to lead healthy lifestyles. In this time of epidemiological transition, health education in the areas of physical exercise and healthy eating should be a major focus for working with new immigrants.

KeywordsOverweight Obesity Immigrants’ health Physical activity Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1756-0500-6-119 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Abdi A Gele - Aneth J Mbalilaki

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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