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Prevalence of Obesity among Nursing Students at College of Applied Medical Sciences, Wadi Al Dawasir.

Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2016    |    PP. 220-232    |PDF (502 K)|    Pub. Date: January 4, 2017
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Author(s)
Shahajahan Banu, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, college of applied medical sciences, wadi al dawasir
Sarah Abdullah Mobarak, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, college of applied medical sciences, wadi al dawasir

Abstract
Prevalence of Obesity among Nursing Students at College of Applied Medical Sciences, Wadi Al Dawasir. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of obesity among female nursing students by using body mass index and to find the obesity prevalence according to their age. Adopting a descriptive design, 100 female nursing students participated in the study. Data was collected using interviewer- administered questionnaire and digital weight height scale. Frequencies for demographic data and body mass index were calculated. The study revealed that prevalence of obesity among female nursing students as per body mass index (BMI), among 100 students about 35% had normal weight, 31% were overweight, 19% were obese, 9% had severe obesity, and 6% were underweight. According to the age it was observed that 18-<20 years there were 33 students out of these subjects 04% were underweight, 19% had normal weight and 10% were overweight. Further 20-<22 years, there were 40 students, out of these subjects 02(02%) were underweight, 11% had normal weight and 27% were overweight. In the age group ≥ 22 years there were 27 students out of which 35% had normal weight, 22% were overweight, and none of the students were underweight in this group. From the results of the present study, it is recommended to have obesity prevention and weight control programs to raise the awareness among female nursing students should be emphasized.

Keywords
Obesity; Body Mass Index

Cite this paper
Shahajahan Banu, Sarah Abdullah Mobarak, Prevalence of Obesity among Nursing Students at College of Applied Medical Sciences, Wadi Al Dawasir., SCIREA Journal of Clinical Medicine. Vol. 1 , No. 2 , 2016 , pp. 220 - 232 .

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