AN INVESTIGATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WAIST CIRCUMFERENCES AND WAIST-TO-HEIGHT RATIOS WITH DIFFERENT VARIABLES IN WOMEN WITH AGES BETWEEN 18 AND 53 YEARS

H. Bayram Temur, Firdevs Eriş

Abstract


The aim of this study is to investigate whether waist circumference and waist-to-height ratios in women are affected by such factors as age, marital status, age at first marriage, parental status, number of children, and regular physical activity. Furthermore, the relationship between chronic diseases and waist circumference and waist-to-height ratios will also be examined. A total of 111 women were randomly selected to participate in this study, of average age 32.26 ± 8.74 years, mean height 162.76 ± 5.44 cm, and average weight 67.38 ± 11.74 kg. In addition to height, weight, and age, waist circumferences and waist-to-height ratios were also determined. Questionnaires recorded the participants’ marital status, age at first marriage, number of children, smoking status, exercise habits, and any chronic health conditions. ANOVA and the student’s t-test were used to analyze these data. Results indicated that waist circumference was significantly associated with age, number of children, marital status, menopausal status, regular exercise, parental status, and the presence of a chronic health condition (p < 0.01), as well as with marital status (p < 0.05). Waist circumference was not found to have a statistically significant association with smoking status (p < 0.05). Waist-to-height ratios were determined to associated with age, marital status, menopausal status, regular exercise, parental status, and chronic health conditions (p < 0.01) and with age at first marriage (p < 0.05), while the relationships with number of children and smoking status were not found to be statistically significant (p > 0.05).  

 

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age, waist circumference, waist-to-height ratios, marital status, age at first marriage, physical activity

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