Association between parity and obesity in Mexican and Mexican-American women: Findings from the ella binational breast cancer study

María Elena Martínez, Erika Pond, Betsy C. Wertheim, Jesse N. Nodora, Elizabeth T. Jacobs, Melissa Bondy, Adrian Daneri-Navarro, Maria Mercedes Meza-Montenegro, Luis Enrique Gutierrez-Millan, Abenaa Brewster, Ian K. Komenaka, Patricia Thompson

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Abstract

Obesity at diagnosis of breast cancer is associated with higher all-cause mortality and treatment-associated toxicities. We evaluated the association between parity and obesity in the Ella study, a population of Mexican and Mexican-American breast cancer patients with high parity. Obesity outcomes included body mass index (BMI) ≥30 kg/m2, waist circumference (WC) ≥35 in (88 cm), and waist-to-hip-ratio (WHR) ≥0.85. Prevalence of obesity ([BMI] ≥ 30 kg/m2) was 38.9 %. For WC, the multivariate odds ratio (OR) (95 % confidence interval [CI]) for having WC ≥ 35 inches in women with ≥4 pregnancies relative to those with 1-2 pregnancies was 1.59 (1.01-2.47). Higher parity (≥4 pregnancies) was non-significantly associated with high BMI (OR = 1.10; 95 % CI 0.73-1.67). No positive association was observed for WHR. Our results suggest WC is independently associated with high parity in Hispanic women and may be an optimal target for post-partum weight loss interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-243
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

Keywords

  • Body mass index
  • Hispanic women
  • Obesity
  • Parity
  • Waist circumference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Martínez, M. E., Pond, E., Wertheim, B. C., Nodora, J. N., Jacobs, E. T., Bondy, M., Daneri-Navarro, A., Meza-Montenegro, M. M., Gutierrez-Millan, L. E., Brewster, A., Komenaka, I. K., & Thompson, P. (2013). Association between parity and obesity in Mexican and Mexican-American women: Findings from the ella binational breast cancer study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(2), 234-243. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-012-9649-8