Life Style Related Risk Factors For Cardiovascular Diseases In Indian Adolescents

Galhotra, Abhiruchi; Abrol, Amrit; Agarwal, Neeraj; Goel, Naveen. K.; Gupta, Saurabh
November 2009
Internet Journal of Health;2009, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p16
Academic Journal
Background and Objectives: Cardiovascular disease is the prevailing non-communicable cause of death and disability in the Indian subcontinent. Health behaviors and attitudes formed during childhood lay a strong foundation for lifetime health related behavior.Methodology: The present study was carried in 866 adolescents aged 11-16 years. CDC recommended GSHS questionnaire was administered to these students. The statistical analysis was done using SPSS version 13.0. To see the effect of risk factors on BMI and DBP, multivariate regression analysis was done.Results: In this study, 8.2% and 6.3% of boys had smoked and taken alcohol at least once in the last month, respectively. 13.6% of the subjects felt that there were no benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. 81.3% of the study subjects were eating fast food (Samosa, patties, noodles, etc.) in the past 7 days, out of which 5.1% were eating out on all seven days. 36.8% were taking carbonated drink ≥1 time/ day.


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