Original scientific paper
Age Variations in Anthropometric and Body Composition Characteristics and Underweight Among Male Bathudis – A Tribal Population of Keonjhar District, Orissa, India
A cross-sectional study of 226 male Bathudis, a tribal population of Keonjhar District, Orissa, India, was undertaken
to investigate age variations in anthropometric and body composition characteristics and the frequency of underweight.
The subjects were categorized into three age groups: Group I: < 30 years, Group II: 30–49 years, Group III: 50 years.
Height, weight, circumferences and skinfolds data were collected. Body mass index (BMI) and several body composition
variables and indices were derived using standard equations. Results revealed that there existed significant negative age
variations for most of the anthropometric and body composition variables and indices. Correlation studies of age with
these variables and indices revealed significant negative correlations. Linear regression analyses revealed that for all
these variables, age had a significant negative impact. It was also observed that with increasing age, there was an increase
in the frequency of underweight individuals. In conclusion, this study showed that among Bathudi men, age was
significantly negatively related with anthropometric and body composition variables and indices. Furthermore, with increasing
age, the frequency of underweight individuals increased.
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