Overweight and Obesity Conditions: Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors in Nursing Students in a Public University in Medellín, Colombia

  • Hugo Alberto Múnera Gaviria Nurse, M.Sc. Professor, Universidad de Antioquia -UdeA. Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín, Colombia. email: hugo.munera@udea.edu.co
  • Diego Alejandro Salazar Blandón Pure mathematician. M.Sc. Professor, Universidad de Antioquia -UdeA. Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín, Colombia. email: alejandro.salazar@udea.edu.co
  • María del Pilar Pastor Durango Nurse, Ph.D. Professor, Universidad de Antioquia -UdeA. Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín, Colombia. email: maria.pastor@udea.edu.co
  • Teresita Alzate Yepes Nutricionist and Dietitian, Ph.D. Professor, Universidad de Antioquia -UdeA. Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín, Colombia. email: teresita.alzate@gmail.com
Keywords: Cross-sectional studies, obesity, overweight, risk factors, students, nursing.

Abstract

Objective. This work sought to identify the prevalence of overweight and obesity conditions and the associated factors in nursing students in a public university in Medellín, Colombia.

Methodology. This was a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in 2015. The study selected 171 participants through stratified random sampling. A structured questionnaire was applied and weight and height were taken to calculate the body mass index (BMI).

Results. The prevalence of overweight condition was 25.1% and obesity at 7.6%. Statistically significant association exists with family background of overweight or obesity conditions (OR = 6.65) and the perception of unhealthy feeding (OR = 3.01). No association was found with cases suggesting anxiety and depression and physical activity.

Conclusion. A high prevalence was found of overweight and obesity conditions in the population studied, which is why it is recommended to develop self-care programs in university populations, principally in Nursing, given that as future professionals they will be co-responsible for health promotion in individuals and collectives.

 

How to cite this article: Múnera HA, Salazar DA, Pastor MP, Alzate T. Overweight and Obesity Conditions: Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors in Nursing Students in a Public University in Medellín, Colombia. Invest. Educ. Enferm. 2017; 35(2): 191-198.

 

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Published
2017-06-14
How to Cite
Múnera Gaviria H. A., Salazar Blandón D. A., Pastor Durango M. del P., & Alzate Yepes T. (2017). Overweight and Obesity Conditions: Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors in Nursing Students in a Public University in Medellín, Colombia. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 35(2). https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.iee.v35n2a08
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ORIGINAL ARTICLES / ARTÍCULOS ORIGINALES / ARTIGOS ORIGINAIS