Epidemiology and ethnicity

Section edited by Adrian Cameron

This section considers studies on all epidemiological aspects of obesity and its causes and effects. The section also welcomes studies looking at ethnic and within-country and between-country differences in obesity.

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  1. Research article

    Overweight and obesity in children aged 3–13 years in urban Cameroon: a cross-sectional study of prevalence and association with socio-economic status

    Childhood overweight/obesity is increasing rapidly in developing countries. There is a need to provide more evidence on its burden in sub-Saharan Africa, and to identify associated factors in order to set prev...

    Simeon-Pierre Choukem, Josiane Kamdeu-Chedeu, Sam D. Leary, Yannick Mboue-Djieka, Daniel N. Nebongo, Christoph Akazong, Yacouba N. Mapoure, Julian P. Hamilton-Shield, Jean-François Gautier and Jean Claude Mbanya

    BMC Obesity 2017 4:7

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  2. Research article

    Body mass index–measured adiposity and population attributability of associated factors: a population-based study from Buea, Cameroon

    Obesity is currently a global health challenge driven by a mix of behavioural, environmental and genetic factors. Up to date population-based disease burden estimates are needed to guide successful prevention ...

    Leopold Ndemnge Aminde, Jeannine A. Atem, Andre Pascal Kengne, Anastase Dzudie and J. Lennert Veerman

    BMC Obesity 2017 4:1

    Published on: 7 January 2017

  3. Research article

    Measurement of overweight and obesity an urban slum setting in sub-Saharan Africa: a comparison of four anthropometric indices

    As a result of both genetic and environmental factors, the body composition and topography of African populations are presumed to be different from western populations. Accordingly, globally accepted anthropom...

    Tilahun Nigatu Haregu, Samuel Oti, Thaddaeus Egondi and Catherine Kyobutungi

    BMC Obesity 2016 3:46

    Published on: 8 November 2016

  4. Research article

    Freshman 15 in England: a longitudinal evaluation of first year university student’s weight change

    Weight change in first year university students, often referred to as ‘Freshman 15’, has been shown to be a common problem in North America. Studies have reported weight gain to be between 1 kg and 4 kg over t...

    Claudia Vadeboncoeur, Charlie Foster and Nick Townsend

    BMC Obesity 2016 3:45

    Published on: 3 November 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Obesity 2016 3:53

  5. Research article

    Accuracy of BMI correction using multiple reports in children

    Errors in reported height and weight raise concerns about body mass index (BMI) and obesity estimates obtained from self or proxy reports. Researchers have corrected BMI using linear statistical models, primar...

    Madhumita (Bonnie) Ghosh-Dastidar, Ann C Haas, Nancy Nicosia and Ashlesha Datar

    BMC Obesity 2016 3:37

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  6. Research article

    Body weight perception among Sri Lankan cardiac patients

    Misperception of body weight by individuals is a known occurrence. However, it is a potential target for implementing obesity reduction interventions in patients with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The...

    Ranil Jayawardena, Pavani Punchihewa, Ishara Ranathunga, Niroshan Lokunarangoda, Anidu Keerthi Pathirana and Wijeyasingam Samuel Santharaj

    BMC Obesity 2016 3:32

    Published on: 4 July 2016

  7. Research article

    Body composition and ankle-brachial index in Ghanaians with asymptomatic peripheral arterial disease in a tertiary hospital

    Ankle-brachial index (ABI) and indices of obesity are both use to indicate cardiovascular risk. However, association between body composition indices and ABI, a measure of peripheral arterial disease, is incon...

    Kwame Yeboah, Peter Puplampu, Ernest Yorke, Daniel A. Antwi, Ben Gyan and Albert G. B. Amoah

    BMC Obesity 2016 3:27

    Published on: 13 May 2016

  8. Research article

    Neighbourhood socioeconomic context, individual socioeconomic position, and overweight in young children: a multilevel study in a large German city

    The context of the close neighbourhood environment in which children live has gained increasing attention in epidemiological research. This study aimed to investigate if contextual neighbourhood socioeconomic ...

    Steffen Andreas Schüle, Rüdiger von Kries, Hermann Fromme and Gabriele Bolte

    BMC Obesity 2016 3:25

    Published on: 6 May 2016

  9. Research article

    Obesity trends by industry of employment in the United States, 2004 to 2011

    Obesity is associated with increased morbidity, occupational injuries, and premature mortality. Obesity also disproportionately affects blacks and socioeconomically disadvantaged workers. However, few studies ...

    Chandra L. Jackson, Christina C. Wee, David A. Hurtado and Ichiro Kawachi

    BMC Obesity 2016 3:20

    Published on: 2 April 2016

  10. Research article

    Overweight and abdominal obesity as determinants of undiagnosed diabetes and pre-diabetes in Bangladesh

    Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are an increasing pandemic globally and often remain undiagnosed long after onset in low-income settings. The objective of this study is to assess the determinants and prevalen...

    Dewan S. Alam, Shamim H. Talukder, Muhammad Ashique Haider Chowdhury, Ali Tanweer Siddiquee, Shyfuddin Ahmed, Sonia Pervin, Sushmita Khan, Khaled Hasan, Tracey L. P. Koehlmoos and Louis W. Niessen

    BMC Obesity 2016 3:19

    Published on: 18 March 2016

  11. Research article

    Determinants of overweight or obesity among ever-married adult women in Bangladesh

    The prevalence of overweight and obesity is increasing in Bangladesh. It is higher among Bangladeshi women than among men. This study was conducted to assess a host of demographic and socioeconomic correlates ...

    Haribondhu Sarma, Nazmus Saquib, Md Mehedi Hasan, Juliann Saquib, Ahmed Shafiqur Rahman, Jahidur Rahman Khan, Md Jasim Uddin, Mark R. Cullen and Tahmeed Ahmed

    BMC Obesity 2016 3:13

    Published on: 1 March 2016

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