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Parity and Overweight/Obesity in Peruvian Women


Each map shows the regional prevalence of overweight and obesity according to Peruvian nulliparous women, women with 1 child, and women with 2 or more children. These figures depict that the more children a women have, the higher the overweight/obesity prevalence. Noteworthy, among women with 2 or more children (third map on the right), the obesity prevalence is higher on the west (coastal) region and on the east (mainly the Amazon region); the former is highly urbanized, which could explain part of the results, although research on noncommunicable diseases and risk factors on the latter region is still scarce.

Regional prevalence of women with overweight/obesity, by number of children, Peru’s Demographic and Health Survey, 2012.

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