Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in an Institutionalized Multi Ethnic Based Male Adult Sample

Olufemi, Adeogun John; Abiodun, Ligali Lateefat
March 2013
International Journal of Humanities & Social Science;Mar2013, Vol. 3 Issue 5, p234
Academic Journal
The study examined the prevalence of overweight and obesity in a population based multi ethnic undergraduates' male adults' sample. The participants for the study comprised of one thousand (1000) male adults volunteers from Lagos State University. The instruments for data collection were the weighing scale (used to measure the participants' weight), stadiometer (used to determine their heights), and measuring Tape (used to measure the participants' waist and hip girths). Weights were measured to the nearest kilogram (kg) while heights were measured to the nearest meters (m) and the waist and hip were measured in centimeters (cm) following the ISAK (International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry) recommendations. The descriptive statistics of percentages, mean, standard deviation and ranges were used in presenting the results. The study revealed that there were very few (5.8%) cases of underweight (BMI: 16.5 - 18.4) among the population studied as only 0.3% and 5.5% were severely underweight and underweight respectively, the prevalence rate of overweight among Lagos State University undergraduate male adults was 14.0% (BMI: 25 - 29) while that of obesity was 2.3% (BMI: 30 - 40). The study summarily concludes that overweight and obesity are not yet a problem among multi ethnic based undergraduates' male adults in Lagos State University.


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