Prevalence of Obesity and Overweight among Medical Students based on New Asia-Pacific BMI Guideline

  • KK Manojan Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation, Kerala, India
  • PV Benny Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation
  • Anil Bindu Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation
Keywords: BMI, Prevalence of Obesity, Overweight, Body Weight

Abstract

Background: This study is aimed to determine the prevalence of obesity and overweight among medical students based on Asia-Pacific Guideline of Body Mass Index (BMI).
Materials and Methods: This descriptive study was carried out on 350 medical students of a Medical college in Trivandrum, Kerala in 2013, by using a pretested proforma and anthropometric measurements
Result: The overall prevalence of obesity among medical students was 25.71% (95% CI, 21.75-29.83), and overweight was 24.57%.
Conclusion: The measurement of obesity using Asia-Pacific guideline shows a definite increase in prevalence of obesity among students. Reinforcing the need to encourage healthy lifestyle, healthy food habits and a physically active daily routine, among the adolescents, including medical students need to be focused to prevent this obesity related disease epidemic.

Author Biographies

KK Manojan, Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation, Kerala, India

Associate Professor, Department of General Medicine

PV Benny, Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation

Professor, Department of Community Medicine

Anil Bindu, Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation

Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine

Published
2019-03-25
How to Cite
Manojan, K., Benny, P., & Bindu, A. (2019). Prevalence of Obesity and Overweight among Medical Students based on New Asia-Pacific BMI Guideline. Kerala Medical Journal, 12(1), 13-15. Retrieved from https://www.keralamedicaljournal.com/index.php/KMJ/article/view/550
Section
Original Research