Body Mass Category and Asthma in Mississippi Adults
Objectives: The study investigates the prevalence of current asthma and selected risk factors among MS adults based on body mass category.
Methods: To examine the prevalence of asthma among MS adults by BMI, a cross-sectional study was conducted using data from the 2013 MS Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Variables included current asthma diagnosis and BMI category. Current asthma was defined as “adults that have been told that they currently have asthma.” BMI was categorized as follows: Normal weight or underweight – BMI < 25, Overweight – BMI 25.0-29.9, and Obese – BMI ≥ 30.0. Using SAS 9.3, chi-square test was used to evaluate observed differences in asthma status by BMI category.
Results: Approximately 66.0% of respondents were reported as being overweight or obese. Results indicated that among persons with current asthma 47.2% (95% CI, 41.3-53.1) were obese. Current asthma status is significantly associated (p <0.000) with BMI category among MS adults.
Learning Areas:Biostatistics, economics
Describe the prevalence of current asthma and selected risk factors among MS adults based on body mass category.
Keyword(s): Asthma, Epidemiology
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an epidemiologist and evaluator at a state health department, where I provide epidemiological and evaluation support to programs focusing on teenage STI and pregnancy prevention, maternal and child health, and improving data linkages and surveillance. I am also currently studying to receive a DrPH, concentration in epidemiology, at a certified CEPH program. Among my scientific interests has been developing strategies for health promotion and the prevention of chronic diseases and risk factors.
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