Assessment of cancer risk in two rural West Texas communities using anthropometrics, diet, and physical activity


Cancer risks in the United States are linked to undesirable dietary and physical activity habits that may be more common in rural communities. This study assessed the cancer risk in two rural West Texas communities through anthropometrics, diet, and physical activity measures (n = 374). No significant relationships were found between body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) with consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and sugar-sweetened beverages; however, data showed significant negative associations between BMI and WC and physical activity. Over 58% of the sample was unaware of the link between obesity and cancer risk. Further evaluation of cancer risk in rural communities is needed to develop effective interventions and reduce health disparities.

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Masis, N. , Reed, D. , McCool, B. , Cooper, J. and Lyford, C. (2013) Assessment of cancer risk in two rural West Texas communities using anthropometrics, diet, and physical activity. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3, 285-292. doi: 10.4236/ojpm.2013.33039.

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