Journal article

Socioeconomic status and overweight/obesity in an adult chinese population in Singapore

Charurnathi Sabanayagam, Anoop Shankar, Tien Yin Wong, Seang Mei Saw, Paul J Foster

JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY | JAPAN EPIDEMIOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Studies from industrialized Western countries have reported an inverse association between socioeconomic status and overweight/obesity. In contrast, few studies from newly industrialized countries in Asia have examined this association. In this context, we examined the association between socioeconomic status and overweight/obesity by gender in Chinese adults in Singapore. METHODS: A population-based cross sectional study of 942 participants (57.3% women, 40-81 years) residing in the Tanjong Pagar district of Singapore was conducted. Education, income, and housing type were used as socioeconomic status indicators. Main outcome-of-interest was the presence of overweight/obesity (n..

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