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South Med J. 2002 Jul;95(7):666-71.

Obesity and health status in rural, urban, and suburban southern women.

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Department of Adult Nursing, College of Nursing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City 37614, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions over the past 20 years.

METHODS:

This study investigated the differences in rates of obesity and perceptions of health status between rural, urban, and suburban Southern women based on selected socioeconomic factors. Using data from a national health survey, the reports from 4,391 women aged 40 to 64 years were included in the study.

RESULTS:

Significantly more rural women lived in poverty, reported a poorer health status, and had a greater prevalence of obesity. Urban women had the next highest obesity rate and a moderate health status. The healthiest group with the lowest obesity and poverty rates were suburban women.

CONCLUSION:

Obesity and poor overall health are closely related in rural women. The greatest challenge to health care providers is to provide appropriate community-based weight-management programs.

PMID:
12144068
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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