Anthropometrics parameters for Latvian women in the age over 40 years
Keywords: anthropometric parameters, body mass index, waist-hip ratio, obesity
AbstractThe World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the anthropometrics parameters for the evaluation of overweight and obesity in adult population that is one of the risk factor for metabolic disorders and cardio-vascular pathology. The target of our study is to describe the variations of anthropometric parameters of the Latvian women population. The present paper includes the analysis of data of 200 women in the age 40–65 years. We evaluated the anthropometrics indicators in Latvian women in the age over 40 years, various somatometric measurements – height (cm), the body mass (kg), the circumference of the waist and hips (cm) – and calculated the mean parameters, the Body Mass Index and the Waist Hip Ratio. The respondents of the study group were divided into five age subgroups. We provided the analysis of anthropometric data, compared them with the data from other European countries. We have fixed the high prevalence of overweight and obesity in the examined women groups and proposed potential activities to reduce them.