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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-27

The association of lifestyle with the physical activity and diet of adolescents in Bhopal City, India

1 Public Health Dentist, Rotorua, New Zealand
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, A.M.E.'s Dental College and Hospital, Raichur, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, People's Dental Academy, People's University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
4 Department of Public Health Dentistry, SMBT Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Nasik, Maharashtra, India
5 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Manasarovar Dental College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
6 Department of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Binu Santha
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Rotorua
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cjhr.cjhr_74_17

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Purpose: To assess the association of lifestyle with physical activity and diet of adolescents in Bhopal City, Madhya Pradesh. Materials and Methods: A convenience sample of 310 college going adolescents within an age range of 17–23 years from an Arts Institute in Bhopal city were selected for the study. Self-reported questionnaire for adolescents to assess lifestyle factors (tobacco and alcohol consumption), regular physical activity, and dietary habits were used. Descriptive statistics and Spearman's correlation were applied wherever indicated. Results: Out of the total study population, 54% were males and 46% were females. Majority, i.e., 66% of the total study participants were optimal weight, 28% were underweight, and only a few, 5% were overweight. A significant association was observed between lifestyle habits (P < 0.05) and regular physical activity and dietary habits. Conclusion: Lifestyle factors have a strong association with regular physical activities and dietary practices among the adolescents. The unsatisfactory lifestyle habits of adolescents are a major public health concern. These maladapted habits track into later life as predictors of depleted health. Hence, it is mandatory that health professionals keep a check and provide regular health education among children and adolescents.

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