Obesity and dyslipidemia among the health professionals of a university hospital

Lucimara Facio Nobre Zueff


Background: Looking at primary attention and at health workers as users of the sameservices they provide, it is clear that it is necessary to identify the profile of obesitymorbidity and dyslipidemia of health professionals from a university hospital, attended atan outpatient service due to frequent cases of non-adherence to treatment and follow–upand, in most cases, to undiagnosed diseases. It is well known that the prevalence ofchronic/degenerative diseases is increasing worldwide, with obesity as one of the worstpublic health problems. Method: A cross-sectional epidemiological study was conductedconsidering consultations scheduled by health workers over a period of six months.Objectives: The goals were to analyze variables regarding the subject (gender, age, andlipid profile) as well as anthropometric data (weight, height, and BMI). Results: A total of297 workers were assessed, 78% of them females and 24% males, divided into three agegroups: 18 to 45 years, 45 to 60 years, and more than 60 years. Regarding BMI, 30% ofthe subjects were within the normal range, 38% were overweight, 19% presented grade Iobesity, 7% grade II, and 6% grade III. Regarding lipid profile, 43% percent of all workerspresented altered values, which predominated among females. Conclusion: It isnecessary to be aware that lifestyle changes are much needed and that actions involvingprevention, promotion, diagnosis, and early treatment should be developed whennecessary, targeting reduction of morbidity-mortality.


obesity, dyslipidemia, manpower

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22565/ijn.v4i1.13


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