Obesity is associated with many diseases. It is a leading cause of death worldwide. There are two main causes of obesity?diet
and lack of physical activity. Pharmacists should advice on weight control products, eating habits, physical activity and
healthy lifestyles, especially for patients who want to maintain their weight loss.
This study was to determine the perception of pharmacy students (future pharmacists) on their weights and method of
A modified version of CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey questionnaire 2011 was self administered to pharmacy students
who consented to fill the questionnaire. About 450 students consented to fill the questionnaires out of which 445 questionnaires
were eventually used for analysis.
Majority (70.2%) of the students described themselves as having the right weight while only about 1 % as very overweight
and 13% as slightly overweight.
The mean BMI for those that described them as being very overweight was 34.67+ 1.00 while the very underweight had a
mean BMI of 18.24 + 2.42. These results tally with classification of BMI.
All those that described themselves as being very overweight were trying to lose weight while about 82% of the slightly
overweight were trying to lose weight. Among the very overweight and slightly overweight, 40% and 30% went without food for
24 hours; 20% and 10% took diet pills; 0% and 9% vomited or took laxatives respectively. Only 22% of those trying to lose weight
were involved in physical activity on all 7 days before the survey.
Obesity isn?t much of a problem amongst the students. The few that are overweight should be encouraged to employ right
methods of weight control.
Aina BA completed her Ph.D in 2005 from University of Lagos. She is an Associate professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy
of same University, She has published more than 30 papers in peer reviewed journals.
Oyerinde OO is an Assistant Lecturer and a PhD candidate in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy, University of Lagos.
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