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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 158-160

Obesity among adolescents of affluent public schools in Meerut

1 Assistant Professor, L.L.R.M. Medical College, Meerut, India
2 Associate Professor,Subharti Medical College, Meerut, India
3 Professor, L.L.R.M. Medical College, Meerut, India
4 Statistician Cum Lecturer, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, India

Correspondence Address:
Seema Jain
Assistant Professor, L.L.R.M. Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.75740

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The prevalence of obesity has increased worldwide in all segments of the population due to increased industrialization, urbanization, mechanization, and associated changes in diet and lifestyles. Change in diet habit of consuming more high energy fast foods and shifting to sedentary lifestyle has affected our children and also increased the risk of chronic diseases among adolescents. Childhood obesity has association with increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer in later life. Therefore, its control and prevention is one of the major concerns for all developing nations. The present school-based cross-sectional study was carried out among 2785 affluent adolescents of six public schools in Meerut during the period October 2003 to March 2004. The objective is to assess the magnitude of overweight and obesity in adolescents and associated risk factors, with the help of the ELIZ health pathway based on body mass index criteria. Prevalence of overweight and obesity was found to be 19.7% and 5.3% in girls and 18.36% and 10.82% in boys. Obesity was found to be significantly associated with high intake of junk foods (P < 0.05), binge eating, high calorie intake (P < 0.05), lower physical activity (P < 0.05), and prolonged TV watching (P < 0.05).

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