The nutritional behavior and its relation with obesity and health of a sample of female students at Baghdad university/ Jadiriyah complex.

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12/5/2014 9:32 AM

The nutritional behavior and its relation with obesity and health of a sample of female students at Baghdad university/ Jadiriyah complex.


Maha Muhammad Nafi' Ali(Women education college. Baghdad University)


Abstract

Hundred female students were randomly selected from the four class levels (1st,2nd,3rd, and 4th of the various colleges of jadiriyah complex.
Their ages range from 19-30 years their body weight indicator was obtained after taking their height and weight as well as looking over their health status. As for the nutritional behavior, it was obtained via a questionnaire prepared for this purpose.
The survey results show that females of the age 22-24 years scored the highest increase percentage in weight amounted to 54.83% whereas those of the age 25-27 years scored the lowest increase in weight. As for obesity, the females of the age 25-27 years scored the highest percentage which was 65% while those of the age 22-24 years scored the lowest rate which was 46.14%.
As far as the nutritional behavior is concerned, it was found out that 15% of the samples had their breakfast regularly while 78% ate snacks and light meals regularly. As for milk and dairy products, vegetables and fruit regular consumption, the percentages were 23%, 17% and 22%, 88% and 65% of those female students had sweets and soft drinks. The percentage of consumed meat regularly was 86%. 82% of female students did not practice sports.
The survey came up with the fact that 40% of these students suffer from arthritis, 35% suffer from Anemia, 15% suffer from Gout and 10% suffer from Diabetes.
In light of these results raising the nutritional awareness is recommended among students concerning nutritional behavior through health education programs and reading health bulletinsas well as urging students to practice physical activity.
Key words: obesity, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), Nutritional Behavior.



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