Volume 15, Number 1 (6-2017)                   sjsph 2017, 15(1): 35-46 | Back to browse issues page


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1- MD., Industrial Medical Center of Abadan Refinery, Abadan Petroleum Industry Health Organization, Iran Petroleum Industry Health Organization, Abadan, Iran
2- Ph.D. Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , holakoik@hotmail.com
3- Ph.D. Student, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- MSc. Department of HSE, Abadan Petroleum Industry Health Organization, Iran Petroleum Industry Health Organization, Abadan, Iran
Abstract:   (1667 Views)

Background and Aim: Considering the protection of, and safeguarding, the health of industrial workforce, this study was conducted to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the personnel of Abadan oil refinery in the south-west of Iran and factors related to it.

Materials and Methods: The study included 721 oil refinery staff members randomly selected based on the yearly occupational health examination records. The information recorded included anthropometric measurements and blood test results; in addition, Breslow lifestyle and Global Physical Activity (GPAQ) questionnaires were completed for each subject.

Results: The mean body mass index (BMI) was 28.2 for men and 27.5 for women. The prevalence of obesity and overweight were 29.8% and 48.7%, respectively. Further analysis of the data showed that the prevalence rates were different between men and women; while 48.6% and 30.24% of the men suffered from overweight and obesity, respectively, the corresponding proportions among women were 50% and 15%. Overweight and obesity were associated with age, fasting blood glucose level, lipid profile and hypertension (in all cases    p < 0.001).

Conclusion: The prevalence of overweight and obesity among Abadan oil refinery staff is higher as compared to the mean values in the general population in Iran or to personnel of other industries globally. Development and implementation of public educational programs with particular emphasis on high-risk individuals, such as middle-aged people and those with a low socioeconomic status, and focusing on healthy lifestyle and rotation shift workers can be effective, resulting in improvements in physical and general health of the personnel.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Public Health
Received: 2017/06/13 | Accepted: 2017/06/13 | Published: 2017/06/13