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Merit Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (ISSN: 2354-323X) Vol. 9(1) pp. 074-070, January, 2021 

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DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4459587

Original Research Article

Knowledge and Attitude of Obesity Risks among University Students


Sulaiman Shah1*, Muhammad Hussain2, Muhammad Afzal3, Prof. Dr. Syed Amir Gilani4


1Lahore School of Nursing, The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan
2The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan
3Lahore School of Nursing, The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan
4Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan

*Corresponding Author's Email: sulaiman.shah991@gmail.com

Received: 02 January 2021  I  Accepted: 20 January 2021  I  Published: 24 January 2021  I  Article ID: MRJMMS-20-004
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This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.




Obesity is the abnormal weight gain or extra fat in the body. Obesity means overweight or obese persons. Obesity can be measured through Body Mass index. If a person has BMI more than 30, that person is called obese. Almost four hundred million people in the world are obese. The objective of this study is to assess the awareness of the university students regarding risk of obesity and to evaluate the attitude of students toward obesity. This is a cross-sectional descriptive research study undergraduate university students will be selected for in study population. Results and data analysis was taken up through systematic and logical techniques (SPSS) after the accomplishment of the data collection process. The knowledge of the participants regarding risk factors of obesity is somehow better. The items with higher results of correct answers were ‘Obesity increases the risk of getting bowel cancer’ (68 percent, 102) with the mean 1.32. There was little correlation between the age of the student and the body mass index (BMI) with their experience of obesity risks and attitudes towards the obese. The study showed that students' knowledge of obese risk factors was adequate, although their outlook towards obese people was deemed negative along with a high prevalence of overweight and obesity among university students. There is also a need to improve students' awareness of the dangers of obesity.

Keywords: Attitude, Knowledge, Obesity











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