Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 274--276

Utility of consensus statement in assessment of obesity: A study among undergraduate medical students from rural northwest India


Shailja Sharma, Sunil Kumar Raina, Ashok Kumar Bhardwaj, Vishav Chander, Dinesh Kumar, Sushant Sharma 
 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Sunil Kumar Raina
Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
India

Introduction: In India, obesity is emerging as an important health problem particularly in the urban areas, paradoxically coexisting with under nutrition. Almost 30-65% of adult Indians are either overweight or obese or have abdominal obesity. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study design was used to assess the prevalence of obesity among undergraduate medical using consensus statement for obesity in India. Results: The results of the body mass index (BMI) calculations show 26 females and 4 males (29.79% of total students) with a BMI of <18 kg/m 2 as underweight, whereas 13 boys and 4 girls (15.54% of total students) as obese with a BMI of 25 kg/m 2 and above. A total of 18 boys and 6 girls (21.26% of total students) were overweight with a BMI between 23 and 24.9 kg/m 2 . Discussion: It is estimated that by application of these guidelines, additional 10-15% of Indian population would be labeled as obese or overweight. We see this very clearly in our study, where we see an increase of 14.53% of students classified as obese and 5.93% students as overweight on using the guidelines of the consensus statement.


How to cite this article:
Sharma S, Raina SK, Bhardwaj AK, Chander V, Kumar D, Sharma S. Utility of consensus statement in assessment of obesity: A study among undergraduate medical students from rural northwest India.J Family Med Prim Care 2013;2:274-276


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Sharma S, Raina SK, Bhardwaj AK, Chander V, Kumar D, Sharma S. Utility of consensus statement in assessment of obesity: A study among undergraduate medical students from rural northwest India. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 Aug 19 ];2:274-276
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