Anthropometric assessment of 65 years and older people living in the catchment area of a primary health care unit in Ankara Ankara'da bi̇r saǧlik ocaǧi bölgesi̇nde yaşayan 65 yaş ve üzeri̇bi̇reyleri̇n antropometri̇k ölçümleṙiṅin deǧerlendi̇ri̇lmeṡi

ASLAN D., Özcebe H., Takmaz S., Topatan S., Şahin A., Arikan M., ...More

Turk Geriatri Dergisi, vol.9, no.2, pp.65-69, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Journal Name: Turk Geriatri Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.65-69
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: In this study, it was aimed to assess anthropometric measures of 65 years of age and older people living in an urban district of Ankara province, Turkey. Patients and Methods: The total number of 65 years of age and older people was 913 and in this cross-sectional study. We had a sample of 350 older people. Data collection was conducted by five of the researches in two weeks and each individual was visited in her/his own setting. Body Mass Index (BMI) values were calculated according to the body weight/ height measurements. NCHS-BMI percentile standards developed by World Health Organization (WHO) were used to determine "obesity/ undernutrition". Results: The mean age of men was 71.8±4.9, and mean age of women was 71.2±5.82. Mean BMI value for men was 25.4±2.9, whereas mean for women was 26.9±3.9′'dir (t test p value=0.000). According to the logistic regression analysis, the possibility of NCHS-BMI percentile be "<5 or > 95" among the individuals who stated a chronic disease was higher compared to the ones who did not state a chronic disease [OR (CI)= 4.768 (1.247-18.224); p=0.022). Conclusions: BMI values of the elderly participants in this cross-sectionally designed study seemed to be influenced by some independent variables. However, in terms of determining "causality", follow up studies are recommended to be conducted in the study population.