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Journal of Advances in Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2456-8899, ISSN: 2231-0614 (Past),Vol.: 24, Issue.: 1


Correlative Studies on Anthropometric Indexes for Identifying Obesity in Pregnancy


J. C. Igweh1*, P. R. C. Esegbue1, A. A. Aigbiremolen2, R. N. Ativie3, E. M. Aisuodionoe1, O. M. Odigie1 and C. E. Okereke4*   

1Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria.

2Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.

3Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu State, Nigeria.

4Department of Human Physiology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria.


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(1) Yoshihiro Nishida, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Oita University, Yuhu-city, Japan.


(1) Anjali Gupta, Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences Rohtak, India.

(2) Rita Santos Rocha, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal.

(3) Sharaye  Kolade, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.

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Currently, Obesity in pregnancy is a major health problem across the globe. In the past 20 years, prevalence of Obesity in pregnancy has doubled, leading to a wide range of complications in pregnancy. To foretell and manage this condition, clinicians and other health practitioners adopts the body mass index (BMI-obtained by dividing weight (kg) with height (m2)) approach in diagnosing obesity in pregnancy. This study correlates, apart from BMI, other indices for which obesity could be identified in pregnancy. To achieve this, a total of 578 pregnant women at different ages and trimesters were ethically sourced from selected antenatal/ maternal homes in Enugu State of Nigeria. Using ANOVA, and the Pearson product Moment correlation coefficients, Statistical measure of association (correlation) were conducted after obtaining their mid upper arm (MUA), Calf (C), waist (W), and Waist/hip Circumferences respectively. Obtained results showed a positive correlation with aforementioned parameters of weight and height, which contrarily suggests that BMI, not MUA, C, W, or Waist/hip Circumferences increased in the same proportion as mean weight, which actually depends also on foetal weight in pregnancy.


Keywords :

Pregnancy; anthropometric indices; identifying obesity; non-BMI indices.


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DOI : 10.9734/JAMMR/2017/28937

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