Publication Title

Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy

Publication Date

10-28-2013

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.4172/2165-7904.1000196

Keywords

weight loss, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, body mass index

Disciplines

Cardiovascular Diseases | Diseases | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

Background: Guidelines in women with coronary heart disease (CHD) or myocardial infarction (MI) include achieving a healthy body mass index (BMI); however, after MI, weight loss on average is minimal. The aim of this research was to identify factors associated with trying to lose weight among white, non-Hispanic (NH), black, NH, and Hispanic/other women with a history of MI or CHD. Methods: This research used cross-sectional data (n=3,176) from five years of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Multivariable logistic regression models were stratified on race and variables were maintained in a full model to examine independent effects on trying to lose weight. Results: Mean BMI was 28.5 (standard deviation=6.8). More black, NH (76%) women reported overweight/ obese BMI compared to white, NH (62%), or Hispanic/other (64%, p


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