Kusuayi Mabele Godefroid, Constant Nkiama Ekisawa, Jolie Bongo Nzeloka, Christophe Delecluse, Francois L Bompeka


Objective: To determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the workplace. 

Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study with 210 workers of which 119 male (56.7%) and 91 female (43.3%) selected in a simple random manner in a company in the city of Kinshasa province between November 2013 to January 2014. Overweight was determined by workers with a body mass index between 25 and 29.9 kg / m2 and obesity by those with a body mass index ≥ 30 kg / m2. 

Results: This study found a prevalence of 23.8% of overweight workers and 48.1% of workers suffering from obesity with predominance in women (65.5% in men vs. 80.2% in women, p <0.014). The frequency of risk factors associated with obesity increased with the increase in weight status of BMI (p <0.001). 

Conclusion:  Obesity is a common pathology in the workplace and hypertension is the main modifiable risk factor. Sedentarity is the main determinant of overweight and obesity. Obesity is a public health problem in the workplace in the city of Kinshasa because of the command and collaboration frameworks are most affected.


overweight, obesity, associated risk factors, work environment

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