The role of deprivation in abdominal obesity

A study conducted amongst adults living in Hong Kong suggests that deprivation is strongly associated with abdominal obesity.

This study involving 2282 adults looked at the relationship that income poverty and deprivation (a measure of command an individual has over their material and social needs including food). Deprivation was an independent risk factor for abdominal obesity but not general obesity.  Abdominal obesity has higher associated metabolic risk factors, cardiovascular events and mortality than general obesity.

These findings add further evidence to social disadvantage as an important risk factor for obesity. 

For more information on initiatives to overcome deprivation related obesity take a look at our food poverty page.

Posted: 19/09/2018 10:59:37 by Joanna Gallagher
Filed under: Food poverty, Fruit and vegetables, Obesity


 

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