Is there any relationship between constipation and waist circumference in females?

Akbulut G., Acar Tek N., Ayyıldız F.

European Congress on Obesity (ECO2018) 25th Congress, , Vienna, Austria, 23 May 2018 - 25 December 2020, pp.322

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Vienna
  • Country: Austria
  • Page Numbers: pp.322
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Akbulut, G.1 ; Acar Tek, N.1 ; Ayyıldız, F. 2 1 Nutrition and Dietetics, Gazi University, Ankara/Turkey 2 Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Gazi University Faculty of Health Sciences, Ankara/Turkey Introduction: Constipation is a symptom and significant health problem affecting individuals of all ages. A lot of factors such as obesity, sedentary lifestyle and dietary intake may effect constipation risk. The studies showed that constipation affected significantly more women than men. It was aimed to evaluate relationship between constipation and waist circumference in females. Methods: Waist circumference, which is an indicator for chronic disease risk were measured and assessed according to World Health Organization (WHO) waist circumference classification. It consists of subscales such as gender, mobility, fiber intake, fluid intake, pathophysiological conditions, and medications. Both waist circumference and constipation risk, ‘cut-off ’ scores were determined for the three categories of low, moderate and high risk. Relationships between the mean scores were determined by pearson’s correlation. A p value of less than 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Abstracts Obes Facts 2018;11(suppl 1):1–358 323 Tab. 1. Evaluation of a constipation risk assessment scale according to waist circumference Chronic disease risk according to waist circumference Low risk (<80 cm) Moderate risk (80-88 cm) High risk (>88 cm) n % n % n % Low risk (≤10 points) 388 90.7 99 88.4 78 84.8 Moderate risk (11-15 points) 36 8.4 11 9.8 11 11.9 High risk (≥16 points) 4 0.9 2 1.8 3 3.3 Total 428 100.0 112 100.0 92 100.0 The mean age of individuals was 27.8 ± 10.29 years (n:428). 0.9% of females who had low disease risk according to waist circumference were high constipation risk. 84.8% of females had high disease risk and low constipation risk. 90.7% of individuals had low disease risk and low constipation risk. Constipation risk assessment scale scores weren’t correlated with waist circumferences (r: 0.023 p: 0.563). Conclusion: In this study there was any relationship between waist circumference and constipation risk assessment. Further clinical studies investigating this relationship are needed