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Rev Assoc Med Bras (1992). 2008 Mar-Apr;54(2):106-9.

[Impact of obesity on the functional capacity of women].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Hospital das ClĂ­nicas da UNIVAS, Pouso Alegre, MG. julianaorsi@uol.com.br

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the functional capacity of obese, overweight and eutrophic women.

METHODS:

An analytical cross study involved 90 adult women from 40 to 60 years of age, distributed in three groups: eutrophic (n=30), overweight (n=30) and obese (n=30).Patients were interviewed by means of the specific health related quality of life questionnaire, Stanford Health Questionnaire (HAQ-20). They were also submitted to an exercise test to compare the maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) among the three groups. Statistical analysis included the chi-square test, the Kruskal Wallis variance analysis and the Spearman and Pearson correlations for p= 0.05.

RESULTS:

The group of obese women presented HAQ-20 (0.375) score rates significantly higher (p<0.05) than the other groups (0), reflecting lesser functional capacity. The obese group presented VO2max score rates (25.8+/-5.0ml/kg/min), significantly lower (p<0.001) than the overweight (29.9+/-6.1ml/kg/min) and eutrophic (33.8+/-4,1ml/kg/min) groups, indicating a poorer cardio respiratory aptitude. There was no significant difference between the eutrophic and overweight VO2max and HAQ-20 score rates. Hypertension was more frequent among obese women (p=0.012) who also presented a lower level of schooling p= 0.026).

CONCLUSION:

Obese women presented a poorer physical aptitude and lesser functional capacity in relation to those in the eutrophic and overweight groups Furthermore, the obese also exhibited a worse prognosis for cardiovascular disease.

PMID:
18506316
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