Excess Adiposity in Post-Menopausal Women: An Assesment of Prevalence and Factors in Rural Bangladesh

Md. Jewel Rana

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Sharmin Akter

Central Medical College, Cumilla-3500, Bangladesh.

Sazin Islam *

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Md. Waly Ullah

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Nipun Islam

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Din Islam

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Md. Shariful Islam

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Background: This study aimed to assess the prevalence of and factors associated with excess adiposity (excess body fat) in post-menopausal women in rural Bangladesh. Results showed that older post-menopausal women had higher rates of excess adiposity and that socioeconomic and demographic variables were also associated with it. The study suggests that post-menopausal women in rural Bangladesh may be at increased risk of excess adiposity and related health issues and highlights the need for interventions to address this issue.

Objectives: This study examines differences in body measurements and excess body fat among post-menopausal women in rural Bangladesh, with a focus on age-specific variations.

Materials and Methods: The study looks at excess body fat in post-menopausal rural Bangladeshi women and its association with factors such as age, education level, and income. A purposive sampling method was used, 102 women were sampled and measured for body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and waist-to-height ratio. Co-morbidity risk related to excess adiposity was also analyzed.

Results: This study analyzed anthropometric data of 102 postmenopausal rural women in Bangladesh to compare measurements like weight, height, BMI, and waist-to-hip ratio between different age groups and found significant differences between groups. The study also found a negative correlation between age at menopause and weight, BMI, and WHR and majority of the women were in normal or low-risk categories for nutritional and health risks.

Conclusion: This study found that post-menopausal women in rural Bangladesh have significant differences in weight, BMI, and waist-to-hip ratio based on their age and that excess adiposity may negatively impact their health. It suggests interventions may be necessary and highlights the need for further research on menopausal health and its relation to socioeconomic and cultural factors.

Keywords: Excess adiposity, menopause, waist circumference, post-menopause, Bangladesh

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Jewel Rana , M., Akter, S., Islam , S., Ullah , M. W., Islam , N., Islam , D., & Islam , M. S. (2023). Excess Adiposity in Post-Menopausal Women: An Assesment of Prevalence and Factors in Rural Bangladesh. Asian Journal of Medical Principles and Clinical Practice, 6(1), 53–63. Retrieved from https://journalajmpcp.com/index.php/AJMPCP/article/view/160


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