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Harsukh Educational Charitable Society International Journal of Community Health and Medical Research

Volume 4 Issue 3 July -Sep 2018

Original Articles

Assessment Of Obesity In Medical Students Of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Faridkot
Urvashi, Sanjay Gupta , Rupali , Hobinder Arora, Shamim Monga, Preeti Padda

Background: The epidemic of obesity is a substantial health burden worldwide. The problem is of a larger magnitude in developing countries like India where a significant proportion of population belongs to younger age group. So, this study was planned to assess the health status of Medical students in terms of BMI and determine the association of obesity with age and gender. Aims & Objectives: To study the health status of medical students in terms of overweight and obesity. Material & Methods: A cross-sectional survey using a questionnaire, anthropometric measurements, was conducted in April 2017 on 289 medical students at GGS Medical College, Faridkot. Weight (in kgs) and height (in cms) were recorded. The data was entered in MS Excel 2007 and analysed using SPSS version 20. Results: The study population was 289 (55.7% males and 44.3% females), aged 19-21 years (mean 18.8 0.757 years) In the present study, overall 35.3% students were found to be overweight and obese. Among males, 47.8% were overweight or obese while among females, 19.5% were overweight or obese. (p=0.000) The association of BMI status of students with age was found to be highly significant. (p=0.000) Conclusion: Overweight and obesity was high among Medical students. It was found to be significantly associated with age and gender. Keywords: Obesity, Medical Students, BMI, Age, Gender

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