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Assessing the nexus of fast food consumption and childhood obesity in Lahore Metropolitan City of Pakistan

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Muhammad Umar Hayyat, Ayesha Munir, Laila Shahzad, Muhammad Farhan, Gul Zareen Ghafoor

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Int. J. Biosci.14( 4), 95-102, April 2019

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/14.4.95-102


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Fast food consumption and childhood obesity is the related terms that cause many problems in students. The study was aimed to examine the fast food consumption among students of schools (Private and Public) of city Lahore. It was done to evaluate the knowledge of students about after-effects of consuming fast food and their attitude towards the obesity linked with it. Students were asked about their knowledge relating to fast food and diseases caused by fast food. Descriptive analysis was done to access the frequency, percentage, mean and standard deviation of data collected during survey and independent sample t-test was applied to compare the BMI of the respondent which is the dependent variable to different independent variables like gender, school and income etc. Result shows that students from private schools consume more fast food than others and the rate of obesity is high in boys than girls. Friends outgoing, enjoy taste, adds on television, parent’s routine and their income, and short time are the major issues that increase the trend of fast food. Results were analyzed according to each student’s BMI. There were only 1.3% students were under weight. 24. 2% students were normal, 24.6% students were overweight, 22.9% students were placed in obesity class 1, 20.4% students were present in obesity class 2 and 6.7% students were present in extreme obesity or obesity class 3. The study has concluded a strong relationship exists between consumption of fast food and resulting obesity.


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