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Natl J Community Med. 2019; 10(3): 145-148


Changes in Body Mass Index (BMI) During First Year among Undergraduate Students of a Medical College in New Delhi

Preety Doley, Aravind Gandhi P, Thirunavukkarasu Balasubramanian, Geeta Pardeshi.

Abstract
Background: The transition from secondary school to university is a critical period in studentís life which can influence their nutritional status impacting health in later life. The study conducted to assess changes in BMI after 8 months of admission among first year undergraduate students of a Medical College.
Methodology: A descriptive longitudinal study was conducted among 150 MBBS students of a Government Medical College, New Delhi, during April-May 2018 in which their weight and height were measured at the time of admission and at 8 months of follow up.
Results: There was significant decrease in mean BMI from the base-line (24.02 kg/m2) to follow-up (23.02 kg/m2) [t=-5.76,

Key words: Body mass index, nutrition status, university students, obesity, Freshman 15.


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