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World Journal of Nutrition and Health. 2019, 7(2), 42-47
DOI: 10.12691/jnh-7-2-3
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Prevalence and Association of Different Lifestyle Factors with Overweight and Obesity among the Children of Selected Private English Medium Schools from Dhaka City

Mohammad Rahanur Alam1, , Sompa Reza2, Md. Ruhul Kabir1, Susmita Ghosh1, Md. Shahadat Hossain1, A.K. Obidul Huq3 and Md. Aminul Haque Bhuyan4

1Noakhali Science and Technology University, Noakhali, Bangladesh

2University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

3Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Tangail, Bangladesh

4Z. H. Sikder University of Science & Technology, Shariatpur, Bangladesh

Pub. Date: December 02, 2019

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Mohammad Rahanur Alam, Sompa Reza, Md. Ruhul Kabir, Susmita Ghosh, Md. Shahadat Hossain, A.K. Obidul Huq and Md. Aminul Haque Bhuyan. Prevalence and Association of Different Lifestyle Factors with Overweight and Obesity among the Children of Selected Private English Medium Schools from Dhaka City. World Journal of Nutrition and Health. 2019; 7(2):42-47. doi: 10.12691/jnh-7-2-3


Background: The prevalence of undernutrition among children has always been higher for Bangladesh. Although over the last decade, the intensity of undernutrition is decreasing, the problem of over-nutrition and obesity is increasing among the children. Aim: This goal of this study is to determine the prevalence of obesity and overweight among children of selected private English medium schools from Dhaka city through anthropometric assessment as well as to assess the association of various lifestyle factors with the incidence of overweight and obesity. Methods: This school based cross sectional study was conducted in selected four different private English medium schools of Dhaka city among one hundred participants (Fifty male and fifty female participants) aged 6-14 years selected by convenience sampling following recommended ethical guidelines. Anthropometric assessment was done by following WHO guideline along with demographic and behavior related data were collected by a carefully formulated and pretested questionnaire. Results: According the WHO growth reference, the prevalence of the overweight and obesity is 77% and 58% respectively. Among various risk factors, consumption of food outside home and having physical education in school etc., along with parental history of obesity showed significant risk association with overweight and obesity. Conclusion: The prevalence of overweight and obesity is substantially high, which is alarming for a developing country like Bangladesh. Behavioral approaches should be followed to address the factors of overweight and obesity among children.

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