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Overweight status of the primary caregivers of orphan and vulnerable children in 3 Southern African countries: a cross sectional study

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Title
Overweight status of the primary caregivers of orphan and vulnerable children in 3 Southern African countries: a cross sectional study
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BMC Public Health, August 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-2061-2
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Mariano Kanamori, Olivia Carter-Pokras, Sangeetha Madhavan, Robert Feldman, Xin He, Sunmin Lee

Abstract

Africa is facing a nutritional transition where underweight and overweight coexist. Although the majority of programs for orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) focus on undernourishment, the association between OVC primary caregiving and the caregivers' overweight status remains unclear. We investigated the association between OVC primary caregiving status with women's overweight status in Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia. Demographic Health Survey (DHS) cross-sectional data collected during 2006-2007 were analyzed using weighted marginal means and logistic regressions. We analyzed data from 20-49 year old women in Namibia (N 6638), Swaziland (N 2875), and Zambia (N 4497.) The overweight prevalence of the primary caregivers of OVC ranged from 27.0 % (Namibia) to 61.3 % (Swaziland). In Namibia, OVC primary caregivers were just as likely or even less likely to be overweight than other primary caregivers. In Swaziland and Zambia, OVC primary caregivers were just as likely or more likely to be overweight than other primary caregivers. In Swaziland and Zambia, OVC primary caregivers were more likely to be overweight than non-primary caregivers living with OVC (Swaziland AOR = 1.56, Zambia AOR = 2.62) and non-primary caregivers not living with OVC (Swaziland AOR = 1.92, Zambia AOR = 1.94). Namibian OVC caregivers were less likely to be overweight than non-caregivers not living with an OVC only in certain age groups (21-29 and 41-49 years old). African public health systems/OVC programs may face an overweight epidemic alongside existing HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics. Future studies/interventions to curb overweight should consider OVC caregiving status and address country-level differences.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
India 1 1%
United States 1 1%
Unknown 74 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 19 25%
Researcher 15 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 14%
Student > Bachelor 8 11%
Student > Postgraduate 7 9%
Other 10 13%
Unknown 6 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 26 34%
Social Sciences 14 18%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 14%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 7%
Psychology 3 4%
Other 7 9%
Unknown 10 13%

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