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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 511-514
Underweight, overweight, and anemia among elderly persons in a rural area of Ballabgarh, Haryana


1 Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Biostatistics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Gupta
Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi - 110029
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_688_20

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Background: Underweight, overweight, and anemia are common public health problems among elderly individuals. Objectives: The current study was conducted in a rural area of Ballabgarh, Haryana, to estimate the prevalence of underweight, overweight, and anemia among elderly persons and to find their association with sociodemographic variables. Materials and Methods: A total of 420 elderly persons aged ≥60 years were selected by simple random sampling. Information on variables was collected by an interview schedule. Body mass index (BMI) was calculated from height and arm-span of elderly persons. Hemoglobin was estimated with HemoCue® Hb 201+ system. Results: Of the total participants, 33.6% were underweight, 13.8% were overweight, 15.6% were obese, and 37.0% had normal BMI. None of the sociodemographic variables was found to be significantly associated with being underweight. Being female was significantly associated with being overweight/obese. The prevalence of anemia was 36.4%. None of the sociodemographic variables was associated with anemia. Conclusions: Underweight and anemia are common among elderly persons in rural areas. These need to be addressed through community-based interventions.


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