Overweight and obesity in Greek warship personnel

Mazokopakis, Elias E.; Papadakis, John A.; Papadomanolaki, Maria G.; Vrentzos, George E.; Ganotakis, Emmanuel S.; Lionis, Christos D.
December 2004
European Journal of Public Health;Dec2004, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p395
Academic Journal
Objective: To estimate the prevalence of obesity among the personnel of a Greek warship and to highlight the potential relationship of the body-mass index (BMI). Methods: Data on behavioural and demographic characteristics, among 274 men of a Greek warship, aged between 19 and 38 years, were analysed. Results: 26.5% of participants were overweight and 4.7% obese. BMI was correlated with age, and cigarette pack-years, and inverse correlated with the aerobic exercise. No significant associations were found between BMI and alcohol consumption. Conclusion: A relatively high proportion of obesity was found in a Greek military population. Intervention and prevention measures should be targeted at the promotion of physical activity and the reduction of the smoking behaviour of personnel.


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