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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 65-69

Prevalence and lifestyle-related risk factors of obesity: A descriptive cross-sectional study among bankers in central part of Saurashtra region, Gujarat, India

1 Department of Community Medicine, Shantabaa Medical College, Amreli, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, P.D.U. Medical College, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

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Nikita Maheshbhai Savani
G/12, Doctor Quarter, Shantaba Medical College Camus, Lathi Road, Amreli - 365 601, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mjhs.mjhs_12_22

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Background: Obesity is known to be the first wave of an outlined cluster of noncommunicable diseases called “New World Syndrome” creating a huge socioeconomic and public health burden in poorer countries. In India, obesity has emerged as a crucial health problem, specifically in urban areas, paradoxically coexisting with undernutrition imparting “Double Burden of Disease Obesity”. Objective: To study the prevalence and associated factors of obesity among nationalized and private sectors' bank employees. Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted. There were around 160 total branches of banks in Rajkot. After explaining the purpose of the study, regional head of 70 banks gave permission to conduct the study. Employees working in nationalized and private banks and those who gave consent to take participation were included in this study. Total 800 bank employees participated in the present study. Results: Out of all employees, 36.4% and 11.5% of employees were found to be overweight and obese, respectively. Among all, 23.4% of employees had addiction. Out of all, 88% of employees took homemade lunch, while 28.3% employees skip their lunch. Around 82.2% took junk food as snacks. More than half of the employees were not doing any type of exercise at the time of the present study. Conclusion: Marital status, education, source of lunch food, and exercise were found to be significantly associated with obesity.

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