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Prevalence and factors associated with underweight, overweight and obesity among women of reproductive age in India
Authors: Gulam Muhammed Al Kibria, Krystal Swasey, Md Zabir Hasan, Atia Sharmeen, and Brendan Day
Source: Global Health Research and Policy, 4: 24; DOI: 10.1186/s41256-019-0117-z
Topic(s): Body Mass Index (BMI)
Women's health
Country: Asia
Published: SEP 2019
Abstract: Introduction: Although the prevalence of underweight is declining among Indian women, the prevalence of overweight/obesity is increasing. This study examined the prevalence and factors associated with underweight and overweight/obesity among reproductive-aged (i.e., 15-49?years) women in India. Methods: This cross-sectional study analyzed data from the 2015-16 National Family Health Survey. The Asian and World Health Organization (WHO) recommended cutoffs for body mass index (BMI) were used to categorize body weight. The Asian and WHO BMI cutoffs for combined overweight/obesity were?=?23 and?=?25?kg/m2, respectively. Both recommendations had the same cutoff for underweight,