Lifestyle factors and obesity among adolescents in rural South India

Mithra, Prasanna P and *, Pawan Kumar and Kamath, Veena G and Kamath, Asha and *, Unnikrishnan B and *, Rekha T and *, Nithin Kumar (2015) Lifestyle factors and obesity among adolescents in rural South India. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, 8 (6). pp. 81-83. ISSN 0974-2441

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Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of obesity among adolescents of thestudy area and to study the association of physical activity, dietary habits with obesity. Methods: This was a school based cross sectional study conducted among 2963 adolescents in Udupi. They were interviewed using pre-tested questionnaire, followed by body mass index measurement and classification using World Health Organization criteria. Statistical analysis was done using Mann–Whitney U-test, Kruskal–Wallis test, and Chi-square tests. Results: The prevalence of overweight was 2.4% and obesity 1.4% and they were higher among the adolescents belonging to higher socio-economic status, among those using motorized transport. Furthermore, 93.2% of the subjects consumed readymade food items apart from homemade ones, 28.8% of them had the habit of eating in between the regular meals, and 59.6% of the subjects had the habit of consuming carbonated beverages regularly. Conclusions: Current levels of obesity and lifestyle factors among the adolescents in the study area can significantly predispose them to the risk of non-communicable diseases, which needs to be considered while making policies for non-communicable diseases.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescents, Obesity, Overweight, Lifestyle, Diet, World Health Organization.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2015 12:29
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2015 12:29

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