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Journal:   HEALTH SYSTEM RESEARCH   JULY 2013 , Volume 9 , Number 4; Page(s) 421 To 429.
 
Paper: 

PREVALENCE OF OVERWEIGHT, OBESITY AND CENTRAL OBESITY AMONG STUDENTS OF SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IN ISFAHAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, ISFAHAN, IRAN

 
 
Author(s):  YAHAI MAHMOOD, SAMADANIAN FATEMEH, HOSSEINI MOHSEN, AZADBAKHT LEILA*
 
* FOOD SECURITY RESEARCH CENTER, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY NUTRITION, SCHOOL OF NUTRITION AND FOOD SCIENCES, ISFAHAN
 
Abstract: 

Background: Current studies show high increase of obesity worldwide. Regarding the increment of prevalence of obesity, overweight and central obesity in Iranian community and its association with lifestyle and social and professional structures, anthropometrics indices and the prevalence of mentioned problems need to be assessed in future studies. The present study aimed to determine the prevalence of overweight, obesity and central obesity among students of School of Medicine in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 215 students of different courses and degrees in School of Medicine were selected by cluster randomized stratified sampling method. The questionnaires were completed and their anthropometrics were determined by a standard protocol.
Findings: None of the females and 5.88% of the males afflicted with overweight (Body Mass Index or BMI>25); none of the females and 3.92% of the males with obesity (BMI>30), 5.31% of the females and 4.95% of the males with central obesity. There was a slight difference between the subjects with or without these disorders. The prevalence were directly associated with the age increase and family history.
Conclusion: There were no statistical significant differences regarding the prevalence of obesity, overweight and central adiposity in different age, sex and family history groups.

 
Keyword(s): OVERWEIGHT, OBESITY, CENTRAL OBESITY, UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
 
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