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Awareness Regarding Obesity and Healthy Lifestyle Practices among College Students in Mandya

Author:Mythily MR, Vinay M, Harish BR

Keywords:Awareness, obesity, healthy lifestyle practices, college students.

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Introduction: Non communicable diseases are important among the adult population in developed and developing countries. Overweight & obesity are important risk factors for development of these NCDs. Healthy lifestyle measures when followed properly help in the prevention & control of disease and the risk factors causing it. Awareness about the disease & healthy lifestyle practices is the first step in prevention and management of NCDs. This study was taken up to assess the awareness about obesity and healthy lifestyle practices among college students in Mandya. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in October 2016 to November 2016 among 321 Bachelor of Commerce students in Mandya, by interview method using a semi-structured, pre-tested questionnaire. Results: The study revealed that 205 (63.9%) knew the difference between obesity and overweight. 52 (16.2%) knew about the use of Body Mass Index for diagnosis of obesity. All the study participants had heard about healthy lifestyle. 260 (81.0%) knew that healthy lifestyle includes balanced diet & regular physical activity. Conclusion: Awareness regarding obesity was poor. While the students knew about some healthy lifestyle practices, their knowledge on the whole was inadequate.