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26.6% of Dominican population obese

Santo Domingo.- 26.6 percent of Dominican Republic´s population is within the parameters of obesity according to a study of the Dominican Research on Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Metabolic Syndrome (EFRICARD II).

The research was conducted by Dr. Rafael Pichardo, Ángel González, Wilson Ramírez, Feliz Escaño, Carmen Rodríguez and Ramón Jimenez, whose results were presented in coordination with a lecture by nutritionist Taiana Ubiñas and Max Insurance Brokers.

“The term obesity is understood as a chronic condition characterized by increased weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat to an extent that compromises the health,” Ubiñas said.

“A curious fact is that obesity in the country is higher in women at 29 percent and 21.7 percent in men,” the expert said during the first of a series of health activities by Max Brokers for its collaborators throughout 2016.

Other data obtained from the document reveals that obesity in the general population is 31.7%, and more present in men with 34.3 percent and 30.3 percent in women.

“These data are referenced to the body mass index (BMI) of people. It´s allowing us to determine the degree of normality or obese patients and is calculated by dividing weight in kilos over the individual height squared.”

Source: DT

Jan 15, 2016

Category: DR News |

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