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Revista médica de Chile

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RATNER, Rinat et al. Nutritional status and lifestyles of workers from two regions in Chile. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2008, vol.136, n.11, pp.1406-1414. ISSN 0034-9887.

Background: Lifestyles and a poor nutritional status are two factors iníluencing the high prevalence of non communicable chronic diseases among Chilean workers. Aim: To characterize lifestyles and nutritional status of workers from the public and prívate sector, residing in the Fifth and in the Metropolitan regions of Chile. Material and methods: Nutritional status, blood pressure, cholesterol, glycemia, previous medical history, feeding habits and smoking status were assessed in 1,036 women and 709 men aged 38+11 years. Results: Feeding habits were characterized by a low consumption of fruits, vegetables, fish and dairy products and a high consumption offat and sugar Forty five percent smoked and 88% were sedentary. Forty two percent were overweight, 18% were obese, 39% had high blood cholesterol, 23% hypertension and 4% diabetes. There was a positive relationship between obesity and hypertension with an odds ratio (OR) adjusted for sex and educationallevéis of 2.6 (95% confidence intervals (Cl) 1.9-3.7) and diabetes with an OR of 2.8 (95% CI 1.6-4.7). Eighty two percent of obese and 28% of overweight subjects underestimated their nutritional status. Conclusions: A high prevalence of overweight and inadequate lifestyles was found in this population. There was a low self perception of obesity and lack of knowledge about risk factors for chronic diseases.

Keywords : Life style; Nutritional status; Overweight.

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