Socioeconomic status, obesity and lifestyle in men: The Geelong Osteoporosis Study

Brennan, Sharon L., Henry, Margaret J., Nicholson, Geoff C., Kotowicz, Mark A. and Pasco, Julie A. (2010) Socioeconomic status, obesity and lifestyle in men: The Geelong Osteoporosis Study. Journal of Men's Health, 7 1: 31-41. doi:10.1016/j.jomh.2009.10.004


Author Brennan, Sharon L.
Henry, Margaret J.
Nicholson, Geoff C.
Kotowicz, Mark A.
Pasco, Julie A.
Title Socioeconomic status, obesity and lifestyle in men: The Geelong Osteoporosis Study
Journal name Journal of Men's Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1875-6867
1875-6859
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jomh.2009.10.004
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 31
End page 41
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Although the association between lower socioeconomic status (SES) and obesity in women in developed countries is well-documented, current evidence regarding the relationship between obesity in men and area-based SES (equivalised for advantage and disadvantage) is inconsistent. Therefore, we aimed to examine obesity, lifestyle behaviours, physical activity in different domains and demographics in men using area-based SES.

Methods:
We performed a descriptive cross-sectional study of 1467 randomly selected white men (mean age 56 year (inter-quartile range (IQR) = 39-73 year)) recruited from the Barwon Statistical Division, South Western Victoria, Australia between 2001-06.

Results: Age-adjusted BMI, waist circumference, % fat and lean mass and blood pressure were inversely associated with SES, with differences between low and upper SES (P for difference <0.05), independent of country of birth. Age-adjusted lifestyle behaviours associated with obesity and/or adverse health (especially cardiovascular disease), were also associated with lower SES.

Conclusions: Subjects from lower SES had greater measures of obesity despite being more physically active at work, but were less likely to be physically active in the domains of sports and/or leisure. These findings suggest the possible influence of lifestyle behaviours and occupation upon obesity in men and should be investigated further.
Keyword Body composition
Socio economic disadvantage
Obesity
Lifestyle
Men
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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