A cross-sectional study on the relationship between the risk of hypertension and obesity status among pre-adolescent girls from rural areas of Southeastern region of the United States

E. Kipling Webster, Samuel W. Logan, Wendy N. Gray, Leah E. Robinson

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Abstract

This study investigated early indications of hypertension risk and the association of overweight and obesity in young girls from a low socioeconomic region of the rural South. 139 females (M age = 8.85 ± 1.67 years) from a rural school in the Southeastern region of the United States served as participants. Body mass index was calculated based on the child's height and weight measurements (kg/m2) and resting blood pressure measurements were taken with calibrated, automatic oscillations devices. Girls who were overweight or obese were 2.81 times more likely to have a systolic blood pressure indicative of being at-risk/hypertensive (i.e., pre-hypertension and/or hypertension stage 1) than girls who were not overweight/obese. In fact, the percentage of overweight/obese girls who were at-risk/hypertensive was double that of girls who were not overweight/obese (43.2% versus 21.3%), respectively. Being overweight or obese is associated with almost three times a higher risk of hypertension than girls who are not overweight or obese.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-139
Number of pages5
JournalPreventive Medicine Reports
Volume12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • BMI
  • Female
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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