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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 170-173

Socioeconomic and reproductive determinants of waist-hip ratio index in menopausal women

1 Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
2 Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
3 Department of Clinical Nutrition, School of Nutrition, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mahnaz Noroozi
Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmh.JMH_48_17

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Background: Health evaluation is carried out using various anthropometric methods including waist–hip ratio (WHR) index. This method is applied for estimating body fat distribution. This study was aimed to investigate the socioeconomic and reproductive determinants of WHR index in menopausal women. Materials and Methods: For this cross-sectional study, samples were 278 menopausal women in Isfahan, Iran, who were selected by stratified sampling and invited to ten health centers. The data collection tools were a questionnaire and the standard meter tape. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistical tests. Results: The mean of WHR index was X̄ = 0.9 ± 7.54. There was a significantly statistical relation between age, job, educational status, number of pregnancies and deliveries, age of the first delivery, and WHR index. Conclusion: Based on the results, body fat distribution of menopausal women is of android (central) type. It is suggested that measuring WHR index should be done in menopausal women and also during the postpartum period in specific intervals. Furthermore, women should be familiarized with related factors to this index, and it is recommended to avoid pregnancy and delivery at early ages and repeated pregnancies.

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