Snacking Behavior and Obesity among Students in Medical College

  • Bindhu S Anil Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala
  • P V Benny Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala
  • Divija Ramachandran Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala
  • K V Chinchu Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala
  • Devika P Jayan Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala
  • L Manju Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala
  • J Regi Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala
Keywords: Snacking, Obesity, Overweight

Abstract

Background: Snacking behaviour varies across the different regions in the world. As there is a rapid change in the lifestyles of adolescents and young adults, eating habits have changed. The objective of this study is to assess the pattern of snacking behavior among professional students in a medical college and to find out the association with obesity.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 217 first-year undergraduate students in a selected medical college.
Results: Among the students, 19.3% had poor snacking behavior. 17.1% had obesity/overweight. Eighteen (26.1%) males had overweight/obesity, compared to 19 (12.8 %) in females (OR=2.39, 95% CI. 1.2-4.9, p=0.016). There was no significant association between frequent snacking and overweight/obesity.

Author Biographies

Bindhu S Anil, Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala

Professsor of Community Medicine

 

P V Benny, Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala

Professsor & Head of Community Medicine

Divija Ramachandran, Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala

Associate Professor, Community Medicine

K V Chinchu, Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala

House Surgeon

Devika P Jayan, Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala

House Surgeon

L Manju, Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala

Assistant Professor (Statistics) , Department of Community Medicine

J Regi, Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala

Professor, Department of Community Medicine

Published
2020-09-14
Section
Original Research