Vol. 2, Issue 8 (2015)
Prevalence of Obesity among Staff of Tertiary Care Hospital and Medical College in Ahmedabad
Author(s): Dhara Prajapati
Abstract: Background: Obesity is emerging as a global epidemic with growing threat to health in both developed and developing countries. Obesity and overweight are abnormal conditions in which weight gain has reached the point where it poses significant risk to health. This study seeks to determine the prevalence of obesity in a tertiary care hospital staff.rnMethods: A cross sectional study was undertaken in a urban area of Ahmedabad. Randomly selected 600 employees of B.J. Medical College and Civil Hospital were interviewed using predesigned pretested questionnaire. Physical measurements of subjects were measured and the body mass index calculated.rnResults: obesity was seen in 47.67% males and 49.00% females with the criteria of BMI ≥25 kg/m2.71.67% females and 46.67% males were found to have central obesity.rnConclusion: there was no gender wise significant different for obesity prevalence with the criteria of BMI ≥25 kg/m2.There was a positive correlation between BMI and waist circumference.