PREVALENCE OF OBESITY AMONG NURSING STUDENTS IN SRM COLLEGE OF NURSING, SRM UNIVERSITY,KATTANKULATHUR, KANCHEEPURAM DISTRICT.
Objective: The objective of the study was to determine the prevalence of obesity among the nursing students.
Methods: The research approach was quantitative and the research design adopted was cross-sectional research design. The researcher used non- probability purposive sampling technique, and 80 students were selected for the study. World Health Organization body mass index scale was used to assess the prevalence of obesity.
Results: Among 80 samples taken for the study 24 (30%) students are in the stage of underweight; 43 (53.8%) students are in normal weight; and 13 (16.2%) are in the stage of pre-obesity.
Conclusion: The study findings revealed that 16.2% of the students are in pre-obese stage; hence, awareness regarding complications of obesity may prevent obesity among the nursing students.
Keywords: Obesity, Body mass index, Complications, Underweight, Students.
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