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Lifestyle Factors Associated With Body Mass Index, Waist To Hip Ratio And Blood Pressure Among Undergraduates

Volume 3 - Issue 12, December 2019 Edition
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Author(s)
E.M.I.A Bandara, W. N. I. Kularathne, S. Humsavathani, K.A.I. Jayamali, N. Jeevanantham, G. Jigashalja, K.M.S.A Konara, B.M.H.S.K. Banneheka
Keywords
Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference, Waist to Hip Ratio, Systolic Blood Pressure, Diastolic Blood Pressure
Abstract
Obesity and hypertension are major risk factors of morbidity and mortality in modern world. Numerous studies have been performed to assess the lifestyle factors associated with obesity and hypertension among western population. There is a lack of studies conducted on this area among south Asian population. A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted to examine the lifestyle factors associated with Body Mass Index(BMI), Waist Hip Ratio(WHR) and Blood Pressure(BP) among undergraduates of university of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2017. Lifestyle factors such as nutrition, smoking, alcoholism, physical activity and sleep were assessed using a validated self-administered questionnaire. Body weight, height, waist circumference, Hip circumference and systolic and diastolic blood pressure were measured and the statistical associations were assessed. Nutritional factors, smoking, physical activity sleep and stress were significantly associated with anthropometric measures and/or blood pressure values. These associations were gender dependent.
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