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Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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Research Article

Effect of Lectures by Medical Students on the Awareness of Lifestyle for Elementary School Students

Shiro Hinotsu, Junichi Yoshikawa, Kyoko Murata, Tomohisa Horibe and Koji Kawakami*
Department of Pharmacoepidemiology, Graduate School of Medicine and Public Health, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Corresponding Author : Koji Kawakami MD, PhD
Department of Pharmacoepidemiology
Graduate School of Medicine and Public Health
Kyoto University, Yoshida Konoecho
Sakyoku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
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Received April 01, 2013; Accepted April 22, 2013; Published April 24, 2013
Citation: Hinotsu S, Yoshikawa J, Murata K, Horibe T, Kawakami K (2013) Effect of Lectures by Medical Students on the Awareness of Lifestyle for Elementary School Students. J Obes Wt Loss Ther 3:167. doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000167
Copyright: © 2013 Hinotsu S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Recently, the number of elementary school students with obesity is increasing in the later elementary grades in Japan. In order to examine medical students provided lecture for improving lifestyle and inspiring interest in health including standard body weight, body mass index (BMI), and obesity for students and their parents, a cross-sectional questionnaire study on fifth grade of elementary students in response to 45 minutes lecture was conducted. The number of students who knew their height and weight were increased by 6 to 10% three months after the lecture. It was found that one lecture from medical students generated positive effect about the percentages of students who knew the information about their height and weight three months after lectures. The results of this study would be helpful as basic data of lifestyle guidance and health education not only for elementary school students but also for their parents and further research work of health education including weight control.

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