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Journal of Anthropology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 748147, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/748147
Research Article

Association between BMI, Blood Pressure, and Age: Study among Tangkhul Naga Tribal Males of Northeast India

1Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, New Delhi 110007, India
2Faculty of Anthropology, School of Social Scinces, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068, India

Received 8 November 2011; Accepted 6 December 2011

Academic Editor: Philipp Mitteroecker

Copyright © 2011 N. K. Mungreiphy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Purpose. To find the prevalence of overweight/obesity and hypertension, and to study the association between BMI, blood pressure, and age. Methods. Cross-sectional study was carried out among 257 Tangkhul Naga males of Northeast India, age ranging from 20–70 years. The subjects were divided into five different age groups to study age trend. Results. Mean systolic, and diastolic BP was higher among subjects with elevated BMI and among older subjects. Minimum BP was found among underweight and maximum among obese. BP was found lowest among the youngest age group and higher among the elderly subjects. BMI was also found to be associated with age independently. Although the magnitude of correlation differed, there was significant positive correlation among BMI, age, systolic and diastolic BP. Odd ratios showed overweight/obese subjects to be more likely to have hypertension than those with normal BMI. Changing socioeconomic environment intensifies the prevalence of overweight/obesity and hypertension among the Tangkhul Nagas.