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Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy - An International Journal
Year : 2013, Volume : 7, Issue : 4
First page : ( 40) Last page : ( 45)
Print ISSN : 0973-5666. Online ISSN : 0973-5674.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.0973-5674.7.4.119

Prevalence of Obesity and Overweight among Majmaah University Students

Naji Eyad1, Kashoo Faizan Zaffar2, Kashoo Mehrunnisha3

1Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmmah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

2Lecturer, Department of Physical Therapy and Health Rehabilitation, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmmah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

3Lecturer, Department of Nursing, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmmah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Online published on 25 November, 2013.

Abstract

In recent couple of decades the food preferences among young adults have changed from traditional food to fast food. These trends resulted in obesity among an important section of future generation of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The aim of this study was to assess Body mass index (BMI) and abdominal obesity among Majmaah University male and female university students. Participants (N=303), 151 women and 152 men, were systematically chosen from various colleges of Majmaah university. The anthropometric measurements (weight and height) and abdominal circumference with Gulick tape were taken. Results indicate that men and women are 12.5% are thin, 29.4% are normal and 58.1% are obese. Among 303 total samples, 31% women were categorized as obese as compared to men who were only 27% as per BMI. The waist circumference measure revealed 27.8% categorized in substantial high health risk for girls and 26.2% for boys. The percentage of obesity among students in first level students was high (14.9%) as compared to the 9th level students (1%).

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Keywords

Body weight, Overweight, Obesity, Body.

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