Document Type

Thesis

Department

Dietetics and Nutrition

First Advisor's Name

Evelyn Enrione

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Marcia Magnus

Third Advisor's Name

Victoria Castellanos

Date of Defense

4-1-2010

Abstract

Women are a high-risk population for cardiovascular diseases (CVD); however relationships between CVD and subpopulations of mothers are sparse. A secondary data analysis of the 2006 Health Survey of Adults and Children in Bermuda was conducted to compare the prevalence of CVD risk factors in single (n=77) and partnered (n=241) mothers. A higher percentage of single mothers were Black (p25 kg/m2 (p=0.01) and reported high blood pressure (p=0.004) and high cholesterol (0.017). Single mothers were nearly three times (OR=2.66) more likely to experience high blood pressure and two times (OR= 2.22) more likely to have high cholesterol. Single mothers may benefit from nutrition education programs related to lowering CVD risk.

Identifier

FI10041630

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