Background: Obesity is a growing global health concern, with a rapid increase being observed in morbid obesity. Obesity is strongly associated with hypertension and cardiovascular disease. The present study attempted to assess the correlation between BMI and hypertension.
Aim: To assess the correlation between BMI and hypertension.
Setting and Design: The study was conducted in rural areas of Nellore by using a descriptive design.
Materials and Methods: A total of 134 samples were included in this study. All these samples belongs to rural areas of Nellore. Samples were selected by using convenience sampling technique.
Statistical Analysis Used: The collected data was organized, tabulated, analysed and interpreted by using descriptive statistics like actual numbers and percentages, mean, standard deviation and inferential statistics like Chi-square test, Karl Pearson correlation coefficient was used appropriately. ‘p’ value less than 0.05 were considered statistically significant.
Results: Out of 134 samples, with regard to the category of the blood pressure 37(27.61%) had stage-I hypertension, 16(11.90%) had stage-II hypertension, 10(7.46%) had stage-III hypertension,17(12.68%) had grade-I isolated systolic hypertension, and 3(2.23%) had grade-II isolated systolic hypertension, known hypertensive cases are 60(44.77%), newly diagnosed cases are 23(17.16%). with regard to BMI, among 134 samples 36(14.4%) were overweight and 13(5.2%) were obese. The correlation coefficient value is 0.19 which states that there is a positive correlation between BMI and hypertension.
Conclusion: The results show a positive correlation between BMI and Hypertension.