Overweight and obesity is an excessive amount of body fat that places an individual at a greater health risk. It is usually expressed by Body Mass Index (BMI) which is calculated by dividing the weight of an individual in Kilograms by his/her height given in meter square. The ideal body weight of individual would be of BMI between 18.5 to 24.99 Kg/m2 and BMI â¥ 25 to 30 Kg/m2 would be considered as overweight and BMI >30 Kg/m2 would be considered as obese. A global rise has been observed in prevalence of overweight and obesity. The United States is at the top of the list of countries, approximately more than two-thirds of U.S. adults population is overweight and/or obese (BMI â¥ 25). In Australia, 60% of adults aged 25 years and over was overweight or obese. Similarly in Canada nearly 60% of the adults and 26.3% of the children aged 2-17 years were above normal weight. Similarly, prevalence of overweight and obesity in European countries were reported to be 10-27% among men and 10-38% among women. The prevalence of overweight and obesity was high among medical students of public sectorâs institutes in Karachi especially among male having family history of obesity, who had lunch at college, and had tea and snacks taking habits.
Overweight and Obesity among Medical Students of Public Sectorâs Institutes in Karachi, Pakistan
Last date updated on June, 2014