The impact of eating and exercise frequency on weight gain - A cross- sectional study on medical undergraduate students

P. Abhinitha, Lee Zi Xuan, Nishalini Chandrasekaran, Nursyahirah Johari, Naveen Kumar, Raghu Jetti

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Introduction: Diverse factors influence an individual’s ability to successfully achieve and maintain energy balance consistent with a healthy body weight. Eating frequency is one among the varied feature that thought to have a direct impact on the body weight gain. Aim: The present cross-sectional study has been carried out with the intention of awareness of food habit that specifically emphasize the frequency of eating and its effect on weight gain of an individual. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study involved 265 medical undergraduate students. Faculty validated close ended questionnaire was distributed to the students and the responses given by them were then analysed. Statistical evaluation of data with Spearman correlation coefficient (r) was done. Results: Among the total 265 participants, 177 (66.8%) were noted to have normal Body Mass Index (BMI 18.5-24.9). Out of them, 113 (64%) found to have eating frequency 3-4 meals/day, 44 (25%) with 1-2 meals/day, 18 (10%) with 5-6 meals/day and 2(1%) with more than 6 meals/day. Low positive correlation (r=0.09) between mean frequency of eating and the number of subjects with normal BMI was observed. Conclusion: An increase in the eating frequency can also be correlated with an increased prevalence of normal BMI individuals provided adequate physical exercise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)IC01-IC03
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-02-2017

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Medical Students
Weight Gain
Cross-Sectional Studies
Eating
Meals
Exercise
Students
Energy balance
Body Weight
Aptitude
Feeding Behavior
Body Mass Index

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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Abhinitha, P. ; Xuan, Lee Zi ; Chandrasekaran, Nishalini ; Johari, Nursyahirah ; Kumar, Naveen ; Jetti, Raghu. / The impact of eating and exercise frequency on weight gain - A cross- sectional study on medical undergraduate students. In: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2017 ; Vol. 11, No. 2. pp. IC01-IC03.
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