TitleObesity and associated factors in a Palestinian West Bank village population
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsStene, LC, Giacaman, R, Abdul-Rahim, H, Husseini, A, Norum, KR, Holmboe-Ottesen, G
JournalEur J Clin Nutr
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number0954-3007 (Print)<br/>0954-3007 (Linking)
Accession Number11528498
KeywordsAdipose Tissue/*anatomy & histology, Adult, Aged, Blood Pressure, Body Constitution, Body Mass Index, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Israel/epidemiology, Male, Middle Aged, Obesity/*epidemiology/physiopathology, Prevalence, Triglycerides/*blood

OBJECTIVE: To describe body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and waist-hip ratio in a Palestinian West Bank village population, and to assess the associations of these variables to blood pressure and serum lipids. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Community-based study in a prototypic semi-rural Palestinian village in the central West Bank. SUBJECTS: All individuals aged 30-65 y in the study village were invited for the study and 500 (85%) participated. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: BMI > or = 30 was used as the measure of obesity. RESULTS: The prevalence of obesity was 37.5% among women and 18.8% among men. The prevalence of abdominal obesity was 62.5% among women and 14.8% among men. BMI seemed to be the more important correlate of blood pressure whereas waist-hip ratio seemed to be the more important correlate of serum triglycerides, compared to the other obesity measures. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of obesity in the study population was very high compared to most other countries in the world, particularly among women. SPONSORSHIP: The study was funded by the Norwegian Universities' Committee for Development Research (NUFU). LCM Stene was supported by a grant from the Throne Holst Foundation.