ASSOCIATIVE FACTORS OF OBESITY AMONG ADOLESCENTS IN SELECTED SCHOOLS OF PIMPRI CHINCHWAD MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OF PUNE CITY, MAHARASHTRA
Context: WHO has declared obesity as one of the most neglected diseases of significant public health importance of this century. WHO official website dedicated to Controlling the global obesity epidemic states the other end of the malnutrition scale, obesity is one of today's most obviously visible, yet most neglected public health problem. This study was conducted to assess the associative factors of obesity among adolescents and its correlation with selected demographic variables.
Methods and Material: A prospective cross-sectional, descriptive study, conducted on 100 adolescents studying in affluent schools of PCMC was examined. Cross-sectional research design, The probability sampling technique was used. Adolescents aged 13-16 years of age studying in affluent English medium schools located in Pimpri Chinchwad area were selected.
Results & Discussion: The data showed that the prevalence of obesity among adolescents was more while underweight was less as evidenced by BMI. Study results showed that the prevalence of obesity increased as increased BMI. A more consistent waist height ratio was observed than the waist-hip ratio and it was also found 39% of adolescents had central obesity. 24% of males and 8% of girls consumed less total calories per day than required while 50% of males and 10% of females consumed more than required total calories per day.
Conclusion: Study revealed that High BMI, presence of abdominal fat and dietary pattern are important associative factors of obesity among adolescents.
KEYWORDS: Associative Factors, Obesity, Adolescents, Selected Schools.
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