Obesity-Related Health Risk and Lifestyle Behaviours: A Descriptive Study
AbstractBackground: Obesity continues to be a public health concern given its association multiple comorbidities spanning both physical and mental health. Researchers have documented that both increased Body Mass Index (BMI) and centrally patterned obesity (i.e., waist circumference) are independently associated with health. As such, national health organizations (e.g., Health Canada) have identified an obesity health-risk classification system based on a combination of BMI and waist circumference scores.
Purpose: The objective of this non-experimental study was to examine differences in physical activity and sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling adults who differ in terms of their obesity related health risk classification.
Methods: Participants (N = 50; Mage = 38.50 years, SDage = 14.21 years) BMI and waist circumference scores were measured resulting in the following groups based on obesity-related risk classifications: (a)
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