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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 2
First page : (1134) Last page : (1141)
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Prevalence of Obesity among the Young Girls (18-22 yrs) of Dawoodi Bohra Community in Central Mumbai

Anuradha Shekhar* and Sakina A Ratlamwala
Dr. B.M.N college of Home Science.338, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai road, Matunga, Mumbai-19
Affiliated to SNDT Women’s University
*Corresponding Author E-mail:
Received: 30.12.2017  |  Revised: 28.01.2018   |  Accepted: 5.02.2018  



The global rise of obesity is a growing concern all over the world, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased significantly in almost all the countries in the world, making WHO consider it as a “GLOBAL EPIDEMIC “.Obesity is becoming the most common and serious nutritional disorder amongst the young generation. The reasons behind this are the changing diet, modernisation, inactive lifestyles, and easy living. However there is no data regarding the prevalence of obesity among the young girls of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. The present study was carried out, with a sample of 405 young Dawoodi Bohri Community girls of central Mumbai within the age group of 18-22 years. The background details, anthropometric measurements, dietary pattern, family history, menstrual details, and exercise pattern were studied. A dietary recall was later obtained from a subsample of 58 identified overweight and obese subjects .The subjects were mostly unmarried belonging to well to do nuclear families with no work status. The community had maximum underweight females. Obesity was prevalent in 5% of the sample, however, their body fat percentage based fitness scores showed the trend of  ‘thin fat’ body type. Also there was a significant correlation obtained between BMI and body fat percentage along with waist circumference, hip circumference, waist hip ratio and mid upper arm circumference.

Key words: Obesity, Dawoodi bhora, Anthropometric measurements, Body fat, Fitness score

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Cite this article: Shekhar, A. and Ratlamwala, S.A., Prevalence of Obesity among the Young Girls (18-22 yrs) of Dawoodi Bohra Community in Central Mumbai, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.6(2): 1134-1141 (2018). doi: