The Distribution and Association of Chronic Disease and Mobility Difficulty Across Four BMI Categories of African-American Women

TitleThe Distribution and Association of Chronic Disease and Mobility Difficulty Across Four BMI Categories of African-American Women
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsClark, DO, Mungai, SM
JournalAmerican Journal of Epidemiology
Volume145
Issue10
Pagination865-875
KeywordsDemographics, Employment and Labor Force, Health Conditions and Status, Net Worth and Assets
Abstract

This paper compares chronic disease prevalence and severity, pain, sensory deficits, and mobility difficulty across four categories of body mass index (BMI)- - low, medium, high, and severe. There were few significant differences when comparing the medium BMI category with either the high or low category. However, disease prevalence and severity were much more frequent for those in the severe BMI category. Respondents in this severe BMI category reported significantly higher and more severe hypertension, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, sensory deficits, and mobility difficulty than did those in the medium BMI category. This paper also investigates whether BMI affects the association of chronic disease with mobility difficulty and concludes that it does not. The high rates of mobility difficulty among the severe BMI group appear to be more likely a result of the high chronic disease prevalence and severity than a disproportionate impact of these on mobility.

Endnote Keywords

Mobility Difficulty/Health Status/Basic Demographics/Economic Status/Labor

Endnote ID

8114

Citation Key6592