Overweight, Obesity, and Weight Change Among Incarcerated Women
Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
Overweight; Body Weight Changes; Obesity; Prisoners
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Epidemiology | Health Services Research
Excessive weight gain among inmates is frequently observed by correctional health care providers; however, there is little published research on weight change during incarceration. This study describes the weight and weight changes among women incarcerated in a unified correctional system (prison and jail). The women were interviewed and had their height and weight measured. At baseline, 33.0% were of normal weight, 34.9% were overweight, and 32.1% were obese. Participants were reweighed after a median of 14 days; the women had gained an average of 1.1 lbs/week (SD: 2.1 lbs, range: -3.3 to +9.2 lbs) with 71% of women gaining weight. Women incarcerated for 2 weeks or less at time of study enrollment experienced higher average weight weekly gains than those incarcerated longer than 2 weeks (1.7 lbs vs. 0.8 lbs).
DOI of Published Version
J Correct Health Care. 2012 Aug 16. Link to article on publisher's site
Journal of correctional health care : the official journal of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Clarke, Jennifer G. and Waring, Molly E., "Overweight, Obesity, and Weight Change Among Incarcerated Women" (2012). Quantitative Health Sciences Publications and Presentations. 1062.