Background: Obesity has been defined as abnormal or increased fat accumulation. The present study was conducted to assess the risk factors of obesity among study population. Materials & methods: This study was conducted on 260 college students in year 2015. The information such as name, age, gender, present weight (Kg) and height (m) was measured. All subjects were subjected to BMI and was calculated by dividing a person's body weight by their height (weight [kg] / height [m]2). Results: Subjects were underweight (males- 15, females- 20), normal weight (males- 50, females- 74), over weight (males- 17, females- 22), pre- obese (males- 20, females- 22) and obese (males- 8, females- 11). The difference was non- significant (P > 0.05). The prevalence of obesity was 7.27% in males and 7.33% in females. The risk factors were fast food in 210, soft drink in 185, lack of exercise in 180 and alcoholism in 135 subjects. Conclusion: Obesity is increasing in students. The most common reason is frequent use of fast food, alcohol, soft drink and lack of exercise.
Key words: Diet, Exercise, Obesity
Received: 10 September 2018 Revised: 2 November 2018 Accepted: 10 November 2018
Corresponding Author: Dr. Alpana Saxena, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Career Institute of Medical Sciences & Hospital Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
This article may be cited as: Saxena A. Assessment of Risk Factors of Obesity among the College Students. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2018;6(12):12-15.