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Overweight and life style among Bulgarian seafarers

Tеodora Dimitrovа, Rosiza Chamova


Obesity is a major health problem in many parts of the world. It is a recognized risk factor for many chronic non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, endocrine and metabolic diseases. Obesity among seafarers is not only an obstacle for fulfilling their full working capacity; it is also known as a risk factor for acute complications of chronic diseases that require urgent professional medical care, which is not always available. The frequency of obesity and overweight among 438 Bulgarian seafarers and its link to some health indicators shows that the number of overweight seafarers were 213 (48.4%) and a fifth of them (n = 96 or 21.8%) were obese according to their BMI. There were no reliable significant differences in the allocation of people with overweight and obesity according to the hours of sleep they get, having main meal at dinner or at various levels of physical activities.


BMI, seafarers, obesity, overweight

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