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Journal of Preventive Medicine and Holistic Health

Correlates of BMI among medical graduates in Kanpur

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Author Details : Ashish Kumar, Tanu Midha, Seema Nigam, Samarjeet Kaur, Suruchi Gupta

Volume : 2, Issue : 2, Year : 2016

Article Page : 51-53

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Background: Problem of malnutrition among medical students is double edged and includes both ends of the spectrum-underweight and obesity. It is increasing day by day due to adoption of western lifestyle and over consciousness towards their body image perception or looks has created a big issue of malnutrition among medical students. This can be assessed through BMI.
Study period: September 2016 to November 2016.
Method: It is institution based cross sectional study. A total of 375 students of 2nd & 3rd year of GSVM. Medical college, Kanpur were selected for study. Height &weight of students was measured for assessment of BMI and other parameters were assessed by using a predesigned and pretested questionnaire.
Result: On the basis of BMI, 33.1% of students were underweight and 24.6% of students were found overweight/obese. Among the underweight students, 65.9% were girls and 34.1% boys. Among overweight students, 48.4% girls and 51.6% boys. A significant association was observed between overweight and family history of obesity, gender, hours of sleep and diet. There was a significant association between underweight and gender.
Conclusion: Both types of malnutrition that is underweight and obesity was found in medical students and there is need for encouraging medical students for healthy food and lifestyle.

Medical students, BMI, Obesity and underweight

How to cite : Kumar A, Midha T, Nigam S, Kaur S, Gupta S, Correlates of BMI among medical graduates in Kanpur. J Prev Med Holist Health 2016;2(2):51-53

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