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Prevalence of overweight in Bolivia: data on women and adolescents
Authors: Pérez-Cueto, F. J. A.; Botti, A. Bayá; Verbeke, W.
Source: Obesity Reviews, Volume 10, Number 4, July 2009 , pp. 373-377(5), DOI:
Topic(s): Nutrition
Women's health
Country: Latin American/Caribbean
Published: JUL 2009
Abstract: Abstract: Summary Secondary analysis of Bolivian Demographic and Health Surveys 1994, 1998 and 2003 revealed a steady raising trend in levels of overweight and obesity among women in childbearing age (20-45 years), reaching 30% and 15% respectively in 2003. Adolescents' cross-sectional data suggest that overweight and obesity are mainly found in urban areas. Applying the Bolivian body mass index-for-age reference, obesity reached 5% in adolescents, while overweight affects 14% of adolescents. This overview highlights the importance of including the prevention of weight gain among the public health nutrition policies in Bolivia. Keywords: Adolescents; Bolivia; DHS; overweight; South America; women