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Book Chapter
Author, Analytic
Forrester, Terrence E.; Wilks, Rainford J.; Bennett, Franklyn I.; McFarlane Anderson, Norma; McGee, Daniel L.; Cooper, Richard S.; Fraser, Henry S.
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Tropical Metabolism Research Unit
Title, Analytic
Obesity in the Caribbean
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Chadwick, D.; Cardew, Gail
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Title, Monographic
Origins and consequences of obesity
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28-30 November 1995
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Chichester
Publisher Name
John Wiley
Date of Publication
1996
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17-36
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Abstract
Studies males and females from Jamaica, St. Lucia and Barbados to investigate the prevalence of hypertension and its environmental determinants. Standardized measurement techniques allowed comparable measurements of weight, height, waist and hip circumferences, and blood pressure. The population values for body mass index (BMI), per cent overweight (males BMI or = 27.8 kg/m2; females BMI or 27.3 kg/m2) and per cent obese (males BMI or = 31.1 kg/m2; females BMI or = 32.3 kg/m2) are presented. Prevalence of hypertension is based on the age-adjusted total population. The gradient in per capita gross national product in Jamaica, St. Lucia and Barbados parallels the gradient in the proportions of population in those countries who are obese. BMI explained 26 percent of the variance in blood pressure in females and 13 percent in males. Obesity is a significant problem in the Caribbean, as it is in many other developing countries, and it is associated with a high prevalence of hypertension, particularly in women.....
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