Disparities in preventive care by body mass index categories among women

Ranjana Banerjea, Patricia Findley, Usha Sambamoorthi

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Objective: The present analyses examined the relationship of body mass index (BMI) categories to receiving age-appropriate preventive services among women. Method: Data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (2003, N = 10,954) were analyzed using multiple logistic regressions. Outcomes were: age-appropriate Pap-test, mammography, colorectal, cholesterol and blood pressure screening, and influenza immunization. Results: Overall, 3% of participants were underweight, and 26.3% were obese. Obese women were less likely to receive Pap-tests (p < .01), and underweight women less likely to receive mammography (p < .001). Dental care was less likely across all BMI groups outside the normal weight range. Conclusions: The association between BMI categories and preventive services use varied by type of preventive care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalWomen and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008


  • Cancer screening
  • MEPS
  • Obesity
  • Preventive services
  • Underweight
  • Women


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