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Dietary patterns of adults living in Ouagadougou and their association with overweight

Elodie Becquey12*, Mathilde Savy1, Peggy Danel1, Hubert B Dabiré3, Sylvestre Tapsoba4 and Yves Martin-Prével1

Author Affiliations

1 UMR 204-Nutripass, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), BP 64501, F-34394 Montpellier cedex 5, France

2 Doctoral School 0393 'Public Health: Epidemiology and Biomedical Information Sciences' Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

3 Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

4 Direction Nationale de la Nutrition, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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Nutrition Journal 2010, 9:13  doi:10.1186/1475-2891-9-13

Published: 22 March 2010



Urbanization in developing countries comes along with changes in food habits and living conditions and with an increase in overweight and associated health risks. The objective of the study was to describe dietary patterns of adults in Ouagadougou and to study their relationship with anthropometric status of the subjects.


A qualitative food frequency questionnaire was administered to 1,072 adults living in two contrasted districts of Ouagadougou. Dietary patterns were defined by principal component analysis and described by multivariate analysis. Logistic regression was used to study their association with overweight.


The diet was mainly made of cereals, vegetables and fats from vegetable sources. The two first components of the principal component analysis were interpreted respectively as a "snacking" score and as a "modern foods" score. Both scores were positively and independently associated with the economic level of households and with food expenditures (p ≤ 0.001 for both). The "snacking" score was higher for younger people (p = 0.004), for people having a formal occupation (p = 0.006), for those never married (p = 0.005), whereas the "modern foods" score was associated with ethnic group (p = 0.032) and district of residence (p < 0.001). Thirty-six percent of women and 14.5% of men were overweight (Body Mass Index > 25 kg/m2). A higher "modern foods" score was associated with a higher prevalence of overweight when confounding factors were accounted for (OR = 1.19 [95% CI 1.03-1.36]) but there was no relationship between overweight and the "snacking" score.


Modernisation of types of foods consumed was associated with the living conditions and the environment and with an increased risk of overweight. This should be accounted for to promote better nutrition and prevent non communicable diseases.