Vol - 25, Issue - 2
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-28-01-2020-180
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Abstract : Socio-economic status, lifestyle behaviours, and physical-social factors have been implicated in the development of overweight and obesity. The purpose of this study is to determine the incidence of overweight and obesity in academia and to examine the possible correlation of variables such as socio-economic characteristics, work conditions, physical factors, and behaviour regulation. In this study, the targeted population was the full-time academic and non-academic staff and used Body mass index (BMI) to determine obesity. Along with a pretested self-administered questionnaire to obtain the required data. Data were collected from 143 adults of whom 51% were males and 49% females. Overweight was seen in 50.0% of academics and 39.7% of administrative, irrespective of gender. Obesity was noted in about 20% of academics and 4.76% of administrative. The results showed that sociodemographic factors (age, gender, occupation, and education level), physical-social factors (monthly average household income and anthropometric measurements) and lifestyle behaviours (dietary habits and physical activity patterns) were significantly associated with BMI. In conclusion, this study found a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity among employees of the university and that the sociodemographic, physical and dietary habits were found to contribute to obesity in this research sample

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