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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology


A cross sectional study to find the association between junk food, obesity and peak expiratory flow rate in medical students of age group 18 to 25 years


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Article Type : Research Article

Author Details: Shruti Madhur*,Harpreet Kour

Volume : 6

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 269

Article End Page : 274


Abstract

Objective: To find association between junk food, obesity and Lung Function Test in medical students of
age group 18 to 25 years.
Materials and Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted in Dept. of Physiology of Jawaharlal
Nehru Medical College, Belagavi for the period of two months. After obtaining institutional ethical
clearance and informed consent, total of 270 medical students between the age group of 18-25 were
enrolled. Obesity was evaluated by BMI, Waist Hip Ratio & skinfold thickness. PEFR was measured
using the electronic spirometer, model-RMS Helios-702. Junk food consumption was evaluated by 24hr
dietary recall method.
Results and Conclusion: The main results of our study showed that there was significant increase in BMI
with increasing junk food consumption. The obese subjects had lower Peak Expiratory Flow Rate. (p<
0.005).

Keywords: Obesity, Junk Food, Lung Function Tests.

Doi :-https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijcap.2019.060