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Influence of socio-economic status on lifestyle preferences contributing to childhood obesity: A cross-sectional study

 Obesity-Diabetes Lab, Interactive Research School for Health Affairs, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed (to be) University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Obesity- Diabetes Lab, Interactive Research School for Health Affairs, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed (to be) University, Pune, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_485_20

Background: Socioeconomic status (SES) is the major determinant for lifestyle preferences in individuals, contributing to development of metabolic diseases like obesity. Aims: This study was undertaken to study the influence of SES on lifestyle preferences, namely dietary habits, food beliefs, physical activity, and their contribution to childhood obesity in school children of Pune city. Settings and Design: School-based, cross-sectional, observational study. Materials and Methods: Following approval from the Institutional Ethics Committee, the study was conducted in schools representing high, medium, and low SES in Pune. Children of either sex, aged 9–14 years were recruited after obtaining parental consent and verbal assent of children. Anthropometry and body composition along with dietary choices, food beliefs, and physical activity was recorded using predesigned questionnaires. Statistical Analysis: Parametric data are expressed as mean ± standard deviation, whereas nonparametric data are expressed as median (range). Distribution of children into different weight categories and data regarding unhealthy food consumption frequency and food beliefs is expressed in percentages. Results: Obesity prevalence was the highest in high SES school children (10.49%) while overweight prevalence in middle SES school children (18.11%). Middle SES school had maximum children with high waist circumference and body fat percentage along with high frequency of unhealthy food consumption. Surprisingly, activity profile from middle SES school was significantly better as compared to other schools. Conclusion: Children from middle SES school with maximum prevalence of overweight displayed poor dietary choices, average food beliefs, and habits pressing the need for aggressive strategies for obesity prevention.

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