The Relationship between Existence of Spouses and Obesity for Korean Adults

우리나라 성인의 배우자 유무와 비만과의 관련성

  • 정미화 (조선대학교 대학원 보건학과) ;
  • 석경휴 (청암대학교 병원의료정보과) ;
  • 박형수 (경기의료재단 영광하나의원)
  • Received : 2012.05.04
  • Accepted : 2012.06.07
  • Published : 2012.06.30


The population with massive waist circumference is increasing in comparison with that with obesity in entire bodies in Korea. It is assumed that prevalence of obesity is closely related with changes in marriage status such as divorce or separation by death, and age, educational background, diet habits and living environment depending on presence or absence of spouses. To identify whether there are relations between spouse, BMI and waist circumference under the conditions such as life cycle age, educational level, income, smoking, drinking and walking controlled, this study used data of national health and nutrition research organized by Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The subjects of the study were a total of 7,178: 3,043 men and 4,135 women whose ages were above 19 and married. As a result of controlling independent variables except a factor of spouse, there were no statistically significant relations between presence of spouse, waist circumference and BMI in men, but odds rate of waist circumference was lower, 0.78(95% CI 0.636-0.954) when the female subjects had no spouse than when they had spouse.


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