Assessment of Eating Habits of Adolescents Body Mass Index Percentile at Secondary School in Najaf Governorate
Keywords:Eating Habits, Adolescents, and Body Mass Index.
Objective: to assess and find out association between the eating habits and adolescents BMI percentile at
Methodology: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 537 adolescents (270 boys and 267 girls) aged
12-15 years selected by means of a multistage stratified random sampling technique.
Results: according to the body mass index; underweight was (6.7), normal weight was (61.5), overweight
was (9.5) and obesity was (22.3). (75%) of adolescents have a healthy eating habits while more than two
third of adolescents do not consumed fruits and vegetables.
Recommendation: Intervention programs focusing on promoting changes in lifestyles, food habits and
increasing physical activity need to be implemented at the earliest stage of children life.
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