Predisposing factors associated with obesity among adolescents-A case control study

A. Nirmala*, C. Kanniammal, P. Venkataraman, Judie Arulappan

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Background: The risk factors of obesity changes around the world. Adolescence is identified as a critical period for the development of obesity related metabolic derangements. This study evaluated the predisposing factors of obesity among adolescent students in kancheepuram district, South India. Methods: This case control study was conducted in Kancheepuram district between July 2017 to September 2017. A total of 1656 adolescent boys and girls between the age group of 12 to 15 years were randomly selected from 12 schools (4 public schools, 4 matriculation schools and 4 government schools). The cases were obese adolescents and the controls were non obese adolescents. Univariate and Multivariate logistic regression analysis was conducted, and odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated. Results: Various lifestyle factors including behavioral, dietary and family factors were identified as predisposing factors also for obesity. Conclusion: There is an urgent need to educate adolescents on the aspects of healthy food habits and desired lifestyles to prevent overweight/obesity and its associated ill effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3497-3501
Number of pages5
JournalBiomedical Research (India)
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Adolescents
  • Factors
  • Metabolic problem
  • Obesity
  • Pre disposing
  • South India

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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