Generalized Traditional Risk Factors of Being Overweight and Obesity among Ever Married Non-Pregnant Women in Bangladesh: An Application of Decision Tree Analysis


  • Mohammad Zahidul Islam Science Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University



Overweight, socio-demographic factors, decision tree approach, Bangladesh


Background: As the prevalence of obesity increases, the co-existing underweight and increasing overweight has also become a public health problem in many developing countries like as Bangladesh. Therefore this study seeks to identify the major determinants factors of being overweight or obese.

Methods: This study used a cross-sectional analysis from the 2011 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey that include 2,740 maternal women. To assess the determinants factors of overweight and obese, a multivariate technique name as decision tree analysis was used in this study.

Results:  Around 68% of the maternal women were underweight and 32% were either overweight or obese. Women higher socio-economic status, women age ≥25 years, higher educational level and urban place of residence were found to be most dominant factors of being overweight and obese.

Conclusion: The findings suggest that, the major policy implications of this study are the importance of socio-economic status women, age ≥25 years with higher educational level and urban women to minimize its adverse effect on overweight and obese.


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Author Biography

Mohammad Zahidul Islam, Science Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University

Lecturer, Department of Population Science Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh



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Islam, M. Z. (2018). Generalized Traditional Risk Factors of Being Overweight and Obesity among Ever Married Non-Pregnant Women in Bangladesh: An Application of Decision Tree Analysis. ABC Research Alert, 6(2), Bangladesh.



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