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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


LORENZINI, Riccardo et al. Nutritional status of university students from méxico in relation with their lifestyle. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2015, vol.32, n.1, pp.94-100. ISSN 1699-5198.

Introduction: the change in lifestyle and nutrition has led to growing obesity; in Mexico there has been significant increase in its prevalence. The problem was thought limited to adult population, but it also affects children, adolescents and young adults. Obesity at an early stage of life, subsequently leads to obesity in adult life. Apparently few attempts with College students have being reported. Objetives: relate the effect of anthropometry and physical condition with dietary habits, physical activity and smoking addiction in students of a public university of Mexico, in order to establish a diagnosis of their nutritional status. Methods: one hundred and seventy eight students, were measured obtaining: body weight, height, waist and hip circumference, body composition and blood pressure. A questionnaire to determine their physical activity was applied, a dietary assessment was also collected and socioeconomic status was established. Data were analyzed statistically by the method of least squares. Results and Discussion: individuals classified as over-weighted, with obesity class 1 and class 2, accounted for 48.87% of the total population; more overweight and obesity was found in men compared with women, affecting negatively the value of blood pressure. This deteriorating health was attributable to poor eating habits: skipping breakfast and consumption of fast food. Smoking was revealed as a major risk factor since it adversely affected nutritional status.

Keywords : Body mass index; Life style; Anthropometry; Young students.

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