Level of urbanisation and noncommunicable disease risk factors in Tamil Nadu, India

Allender, S and Lacey, B and Webster, P and Rayner, M and Deepa, M and Scarborough, P and Arambepola, C and Datta, M and Mohan, V (2010) Level of urbanisation and noncommunicable disease risk factors in Tamil Nadu, India. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 88 (4). pp. 297-304. ISSN 00429686



Objective To investigate the poorly understood relationship between the process of urbanization and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) through the application of a quantitative measure of urbanicity. Methods We constructed a measure of the urban environment for seven areas using a seven-item scale based on data from the Census of India 2001 to develop an “urbanicity” scale. The scale was used in conjunction with data collected from 3705 participants in the World Health Organization’s 2003 STEPwise risk factor surveillance survey in Tamil Nadu, India, to analyse the relationship between the urban environment and major NCD risk factors. Linear and logistic regression models were constructed examining the relationship between urbanicity and chronic disease risk. Findings Among men, urbanicity was positively associated with smoking (odds ratio, OR: 3.54; 95% confidence interval, CI: 2.4–5.1), body mass index (OR: 7.32; 95% CI: 4.0–13.6), blood pressure (OR: 1.92; 95% CI: 1.4–2.7) and low physical activity (OR: 3.26; 95% CI: 2.5–4.3). Among women, urbanicity was positively associated with low physical activity (OR: 4.13; 95% CI: 3.0–5.7) and high body mass index (OR: 6.48; 95% CI: 4.6–9.2). In both sexes urbanicity was positively associated with the mean number of servings of fruit and vegetables consumed per day (P < 0.05). Conclusion Urbanicity is associated with the prevalence of several NCD risk factors in Tamil Nadu, India.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.09.065847
Uncontrolled Keywords:Diabetes;non- communicable diseases (NCDs);developing countries;disease risk factors;Tamil Nadu; India
Subjects:Diabetes > Diabetes Risk Factors
Genetics and Diabetes
Divisions:Department of Epidemiology
Neonatal Diabetes
Department of Diabetology
ID Code:509
Deposited On:07 May 2010 16:16
Last Modified:07 May 2010 16:16

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