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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 279-283

Study regarding overweight/obesity among medical students of a teaching hospital in Pune, India


Department of Community Medicine, Shrimati Kashibai Navale Medical College and General Hospital, Narhe, Pune, India

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Samir Anil Singru
Flat No 4, Plot No 7, Parveen Palace, Sector 25 (SDC), PCNTDA, Nigdi, Pune - 411 044
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-2870.128950

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Context: Obesity is found to be the strongest risk factor for persistent hypertension, which is an important risk factor for the coronary artery disease and stroke. Urbanization, unhealthy eating patterns and reduced physical activity are the important reasons. Prevention of obesity is always better than its treatment. Aims: The aim of this study was to determine the proportion of overweight/obesity among medical student and to identify various correlates associated with it. Settings and Design: Cross-sectional study conducted in medical students in Pune. Methods: A validated, pre-designed, and pre-tested questionnaire was used. Overweight/obesity was assessed on the basis of body mass index (BMI) for age using gender specific Centre for Disease Control (CDC) charts. Statistical Analysis: Proportions, ANOVA, and unpaired t-tests were used to find any statistical significant association of mean BMI for age with various correlates. Results: Total 159 students including 66 (41.5%) female and 93 (58.5%) male took part in the study. The proportion of overweight/obesity was 13.2% (C.I: 7.84-18.5%). Daily calorie intake, lack of daily physical activity, daily consumption of Tea/Coffee/Fruit juices, playing outdoor games, socio-economic status, and family history of obesity were found to have statistically significant association with overweight/obesity. Conclusions: The problem of obesity/overweight is on the rise.


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