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Vol. 3, No. 6, 2010
Issue release date: December 2010
Section title: Original Article
Obes Facts 2010;3:363–369

Association between Obesity and Unintentional Injury in Older Adults

Bouchard D.R.a · Pickett W.b, c · Janssen I.a, b
a School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, b Department of Community Health Epidemiology, c Department of Emergency Medicine, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada
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Danielle R. Bouchard, Ph.D., Centre de recherche Etienne Lebel du CHUS, 3001, 12e avenue Nord Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, J1H5N4, Tel. +1 819-346 1110 12814, Fax -564 5445, Danielle.Bouchard@usherbrooke.ca

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Objective: To test the association between obesity and specific types and anatomical sites of unintentional injuries in older adults. Methods: Participants consisted of 52,857 men and women aged ≥65 years from the 2003 and 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey. Weight, height, and details on injuries occurring in the past year were obtained by survey. Results: Obese individuals had a higher risk for sprains/strains occurring at any anatomical site (odds ratio, 95% confidence interval: men 1.48, 1.48–1.62; women 1.14, 1.10–1.27). Conversely, obese individuals were less likely to have a fracture at any anatomical location (men 0.56, 0.50–0.63; women 0.66, 0.51–0.92) or at the hip (men 0.31, 0.12–0.53; women 0.42, 0.29–0.92). Finally, obese older adults did not experience more superficial injuries than normal-weight individuals. Conclusion: Among this large sample of older adults, obesity provided some protection against fractures but was associated with higher odds for sprains/strains.

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Published online: December 07, 2010
Issue release date: December 2010

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ISSN: 1662-4025 (Print)
eISSN: 1662-4033 (Online)

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