Body mass index (BMI), eating habits, physical activity and health perceptions among University students: Comparison between the years 2009 and 2015
ISPAH ePoster Library. Korn L. Oct 16, 2018; 225106; 321
Dr. Liat Korn
Dr. Liat Korn
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Body mass index (BMI) among students from studies around the world reveals that obesity has become prevalent during academic years. Intensive studies and stress can damage a healthy lifestyle and have an impact on health. Our objective was to examine the changes occurred between 2009 and 2015 in reported BMI, eating habits, and physical activity and health perceptions among undergraduate students at Ariel University. Methods:<\b>
Students completed an anonymous questionnaire based on self-report in two samples (N = 980) 2009, and N = 768 in 2015. Approximately 75% of the samples in the two samples were women, and the average age in both samples was 27 (St. 6.6 and 6.1, respectively). Results:<\b>
Significant decrease (P <0.01) in the 'obesity' category of BMI reported in men and women in 2009 Compared to 2015 - 7.0% of the subjects were obese in 2009, compared with 5.5% in 2015; healthy eating habits - 41.4% in 2015 compared with 34.1% in 2009. Physical activity reported by 57.1% of the sample (P <0.01) compared with 65.6% in 2015.Conclusions: There was a significant improvement between 2009 and 2015 in the healthy lifestyle of students at the University of Ariel - in reducing obesity, healthy eating habits, Physical activity and health perceptions. Further studies are needed to understand the reasons for this - health supply to the student and improved perception of health in the general population.
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