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Type Journal Article - Obesity
Title Behavioral risk factors for obesity during health transition in Vanuatu, South Pacific
Author(s)
Volume 21
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers E98-E104
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3605745/
Abstract
The South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, like many developing countries, is currently experiencing a shift in disease burdens from infectious to chronic diseases with economic development. A rapid increase in obesity prevalence represents one component of this “health transition.” We sought to identify behaviors associated with measures of obesity in Vanuatu. We surveyed 534 adults from three islands varying in level of economic development. We measured height; weight; waist and hip circumferences; triceps, subscapular and suprailiac skinfolds; and percent body fat (

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