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A cross-sectional study on prevalence of obesity and Internet addiction disorder among medical students in a tertiary care establishment at Indore

Indrayudh Banerjee, Vinod Arora.


Background: India is a country where 270 million people are below poverty line, yet 30 million of men and women are overweight. Younger generation is falling prey to addictive behavior to devices, and Internet addiction has become a major public health issue.

Objective: This cross-sectional study intends to estimate the prevalence of obesity and Internet addiction disorder among Medicos in a Tertiary Care Establishment at Indore.

Materials and Methods: A sample of 400 medical students were selected by simple random sampling. Prevalence of obesity was judged by measurement of body mass index and waist circumference. Young’s 20-item Internet addiction test was administered to find out the prevalence of Internet addiction among Medicos.

Results: This study revealed that 31% of students were either overweight or obese, while 85% were addicted to the Internet either mildly, moderately, or severely. 65% of the overweight Medicos were also found to be addicted to the Internet. Obesity patterns showed a higher female predisposition (61%) among the medicos identified as obese.

Conclusion: The results highlight that not only obesity is a burning problem among medical students but also Internet addiction and dependence are also very high among them.

Key words: Over-weight; Obesity’ Internet Addiction; Medical Students

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