Answered By: Doug Bolden
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2015     Views: 55

To find nursing articles, I would recommend trying one of our nursing databases.  A list of them can be found here:

CINAHL is a good one to start with.  I did a search for "body composition" and "health risks" and selected the full-text checkbox and came back with 13 articles.  If you do not see the PDF or HTML full-text link option, be sure to click on the "Find it at UAH" link and it will search all of our other databases to find the full-text for you. 

Several articles caught my eye:

"Clothing size as an indicator of adiposity, ischaemic heart disease and cardiovascular risks" by Hans, TS, et al.  You can find this article in the Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics (Dec. 2005, vol. 18, no. 6). 

"Body composition and heart failure prevalence and prognosis:  getting to the fat of the matter in the "obesity paradox" by Lavie, CJ, et al.  This was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (July 2010, vol. 85, no. 7).

"Body composition and coronary heart disease mortality--an obesity or a lean paradox? by Lavie, CJ, et al.  This was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Sept. 2011, vol. 86, no. 9). 

If these do not quite meet your needs, here are some other search terms that you might try (in different combinations):

First search box:
body composition
body mass index
waist circumference

combined with (AND)

Second search box:
health risks
heart failure
chronic disease

I hope this helps!  If you need additional assistance, please give us a call at 256-824-6529 or come by the Reference Desk when we are open.