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Despite Low Obesity Rates, Body Mass Index Under-Estimated Obesity among Russian Police Officers When Compared to Body Fat Percentage

Authors
  • Heinrich, Katie M.1
  • Gurevich, Konstantin G.2, 3
  • Arkhangelskaia, Anna N.2
  • Karazhelyaskov, Oleg P.2
  • Poston, Walker S. C.
  • 1 Department of Kinesiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
  • 2 (O.P.K.)
  • 3 Research Institute of Health Organization and Medical Management of the Department of Public Health, Moscow 115184, Russia
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher
MDPI AG
Publication Date
Mar 16, 2020
Volume
17
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17061937
PMID: 32188073
PMCID: PMC7143193
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

In some countries, obesity rates among police officers are higher than the general public, despite physically demanding jobs. Obesity rates based on body mass index (BMI) may lack accuracy as BMI does not directly address body composition. Since data are lacking for obesity rates among Russian police officers, this study documented and compared officer obesity rates to the adult Russian population and compared the accuracy of body mass index (BMI) for obesity classification to two direct measures of body composition. Moscow region police officers ( N = 182, 84% men) underwent height, weight, waist circumference (WC), and body fat percentage (BF%) bioelectrical impedance measurements during annual medical examinations. BMI-defined obesity rates were 4.6% for men and 17.2% for women, which were >3 and >1.8 times lower than Russian adults, respectively. WC-defined obesity rates were similar to BMI (3.3% for men and 10.3% for women), but BF%-defined obesity rates were much higher (22.2% for men and 55.2% for women). Although obesity rates were lower than those found among police officers in other countries, BMI alone was not a particularly accurate method for classifying weight status among Russian police officers.

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