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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 158-172

Covariates of obesity among affluent khatri boys and girls of chandigarh aged 11 to 17 years

1 Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh
2 Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh

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Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh

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The present study is based on a cross-sectional sample of 1076 boys and girls (B: 540 and G: 536) ranging in age from 11 to 17 years, attending public schools in Chandigarh. Height, weight and BMI were taken on each subject using standard techniques. Information on family history of overweight/obesity and hypertension, dietary habits, dietary pattern, physical activity and television viewing were recorded using interview based schedule. According to BMI classification for Asian Indians, 37.0% Khatri boys and 43.1% Khatri girls were found to be normal; 35.4% boys and 28.5% girls fell in the category of underweight; 20.9% boys and 20.7% girls were overweight and 6.7% boys and 7.6% girls were obese The results clearly indicate that faulty dietary habits, low physical activity, duration of television viewing were found to be chief promoters of obesity .Odds ratios demonstrate that of all the covariates of obesity, eating while watching TV (2.83);consumption and frequency of junk food(2.65); non vegetarianism (1.84); breakfast skipping(1.63); television viewing for more than two hours ( 1.54)and family history of hypertension and obesity were positively associated with likelihood of being overweight and obese and indulgence in physical activity and outdoor games(4.2)decreased obesity.

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