Nasreen Qazi, Madiha Shah, Mahboob Ahmad Wagan, Iftikhar Qazi, Manzoor Unar.
Relationship of eating habits and obesity among male and female students of Liaqat University of Medical and Health Sciences.
Med Channel Jan ;16(2):202-5.

BACKGROUND: The changing trends of eating adopted by our younger generation can lead to increase in the burden of Diabetes, Dyslipidemias and Hypertension in future years. OBJECTIVE: To find out the relationship of eating habits and obesity among the male and female students of Liaqat University of Medical and Health Sciences, jamshoro. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: 222 students belonging to the II nd professional M, B; B, S participated in the study, which was approved by the ethical committee. After taking informed consent each student was given a Questionnaire. BMI of all students was calculated by dividing their weights in Kg with the square of the heights in meters. RESULTS: 222 students, 102 males, 120 females, with the mean age of 20±1.25 participated in the study. 205(92.34%) were Muslims, mostly (85.5%) belonging to the urban population of the Sindh. 78.43% males and 70% females were of normal weight, while 13.72% males and 21.66% females were over weight . The prevalence of obesity was very less (1.66% males, 2% females).There was a significant change in breakfast pattern, boys were more regular (53.9%) as compared to female students(26.66%). Similarly 55.83% female students were having meals two times as compared to the males who took it three times a day. As result females were more prone to eat fried food. There was no significant change found in other habits CONCLUSION: There is incidence of overweight among students due to unhealthy eating habits. The awareness of healthy eating habits should be encouraged.

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