Physical Activity, Smoking Practices, and Weight Status among Lebanese University Students

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dc.contributor.author Rizk, Sandra
dc.contributor.author Yahia, Najat
dc.contributor.author Abdallah, Abbass
dc.contributor.author Achkar, Alice
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-26T09:57:48Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-26T09:57:48Z
dc.date.copyright 2010
dc.date.issued 2015-10-26
dc.identifier.issn 1596-9886 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/2336
dc.description.abstract Purpose: Understanding factors that impact overweight or obesity is an essential step towards formulating programs to prevent or control obesity in young adults. Thus, we aim to assess the prevalence of physical activity and smoking habits in relation to weight status among a sample of university students. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 220 students, chosen randomly from the Lebanese American University campus, using a self reported questionnaire that included age, field of study, physical activity (International Physical Activity Questionnaire) and smoking habits. Anthropometric measurements were taken to calculate body mass index. Adiposity measure was determined as percentage body fat using bioelectrical impedance. Results: This study showed that the majority of the students were physically active. Vigorous-intensity physical activity practice was observed more among male than female students. Overweight students showed lower physical activity levels compared to normal weight students and higher percentage of body fat. The majority of students reported that they never smoked. Smokers in general were of normal weight than overweight. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that the prevalence of physical activity among students was high and it was associated with students’ weight status; whereas, smoking was uncommon. Promoting physical activity, as a weight control strategy, among students especially females is recommended. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Physical Activity, Smoking Practices, and Weight Status among Lebanese University Students en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199829370
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department Natural Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal International Journal of Health Research en_US
dc.journal.volume 3 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 21-29 en_US
dc.keywords Body mass index en_US
dc.keywords Body fat en_US
dc.keywords Obesity en_US
dc.keywords Overweight en_US
dc.keywords Physical activity en_US
dc.keywords Smoking en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Rizk, S., Abdallah, A., Ashkar, A., & Yahia, N. (2008, October). Physical Activity, Smoking Practices, and Weight Status Among Lebanese University Students. In OBESITY (Vol. 16, pp. S178-S178). 75 VARICK ST, 9TH FLR, NEW YORK, NY 10013-1917 USA: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP. en_US
dc.author.email sandra.rizk@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.url http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ijhr/article/view/70265

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