Obesity and Weight Change in Two United Kingdom Male Prisons

Khurshid Choudhry*, David Armstrong, Alexandru Dregan

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Prisoners’ weight and waist circumference were measured 6 and 12 months after imprisonment. Variables known to be associated with differences in lifestyle behaviors and obesity were considered as covariates in the study. A total of 367 prisoners were recruited into the study at baseline, with 116 of these having dropped out of the study from the 6-month to the 12-month follow-up. The obesity prevalence rate increased 50% from baseline (16%) to the 6-month follow-up (24%). Obesity prevalence rates then declined 4-fold from the 6-month (24%) to the 12-month follow-up (6%). While time in prison was associated with an increase in body mass index, this effect was influenced by intrinsic prisoner characteristics, extrinsic factors, and the prison regime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-337
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Correctional Health Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • obesity
  • prison
  • prisoner
  • weight


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