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Published: 2018-10-24

Abdominal obesity common among women in rural Indonesia

NEWS Abdominal obesity is seven times more common among women than among men in Indonesia's rural area. This is shown in a new doctoral thesis at Umeå University, Sweden.

"If preventive measures are not taken, the abdominal obesity will increase among the poorest with severe health effects as a consequence," says Cahya Utamie Pujilestari, PhD student at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umeå University.

In her doctoral thesis, Cahya Utamie Pujilestari has analysed abdominal obesity from a socio-economic and gender equality perspective. The thesis is based on four studies with a total of 15,500 people in the Purworejo district, which consists predominantly of rural areas in the Central Java Province.

Abdominal obesity was in itself more common in the more prosperous part of the population. On the other hand, disability and death as a result of abdominal obesity was more common among the poorer population.

"Preventive efforts should be directed at socially vulnerable women which is the group at greatest risk of suffering," says Cahya Utamie Pujilestari.

Cahya Utamie Pujilestari has previously obtained a Bachelor's degree in nursing from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

To the doctoral thesis

For more information, please contact

Cahya Utamie Pujilestari
Phone: +46 70 242 19 89 (Sweden)
+62 813 25 25 97 57 (Indonesia)
Email: pl_cahyautamie@yahoo.com

Text: Ola Nilsson

About the public defence of the doctoral thesis

Cahya Utamie Pujilestari, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine / Epidemiology and Global Health, defends her thesis on Friday 26 October, with the title: Abdominal obesity among older populations in Indonesia: Patterns of socioeconomic and gender inequality and impacts on disability and death. Faculty opponent: Alexandra Krettek, University of Skövde. Principal supervisor: Nawi Ng. Time: 09:00. Location: NUS – the University Hospital of Umeå, Lecture hall D, Unod T9.