The association of dietary behaviors and physical activity levels with general and central obesity among ASEAN university students

SOURCE: Aims Public Health
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2017
TITLE AUTHOR(S): K.Peltzer, S.Pengpid
KEYWORDS: EATING BEHAVIOUR, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9825

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Abstract

The objective of this study is to quantify the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related factors (dietary behaviors and physical activity levels) in a cross-sectional, observational study of ASEAN undergraduate students. Material and A total of 6783 (35.5% male and 64.5% female) undergraduate students (Mean age: 20.5, SD = 2.0) from eight ASEAN countries completed questionnaires and anthropometric measurements. Physical activity and sedentary behavior were not significantly associated with any obesity measure. There was a low prevalence of healthy behaviors and a high prevalence of obesity in this sample of ASEAN young adults. Specific dietary behaviors but not physical activity nor sedentary behavior were associated with obesity.