Prevalence of Obesity and Overweight among Female Students of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and Its Association with Physical Fitness Factors

Abdossaleh Zar, Parvaneh karan khosravi, Amin Ahmadi Mohammad



Background and Objectives: Today, obesity is one of the main problems So that its prevalence is
on the rise in developing and developed countries and reported that obesity and overweight has
negative effect on physical finess. The purpose of this study was to investigate of Prevalence of
obesity and overweight among female students of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and its
association with physical finess factors.
Material and Methods: The study sample consisted of 220 girl students of Shiraz University of
Medical Sciences, which is calculated through Morgan table. Research variables included AAHPERD
physical finess component ( sit-ups test, pull-ups test and sit and reach test, 45 meters run, 9 × 4 m
agility run and 540 m run) , Body fat Percent, waist to hip ratio (WHR) and body mass index (BMI)
were also calculated to assess of body composition. One way ANOVA and Pearson correlation tests
were used for statistical analysis.
Results: Result showed that the results showed that 65 (29.6 %) of girls have abdominal obesity.
While the 15 (6.8 %) of girl’s students, low weight and 159 (72.7 %) were normal weight, 38
(17.3%) were overweight and 8 (3.6 %) were General obese. And also there was a relationship
between Running speed, agility, shoulder muscles endurance, abdominal muscle endurance and
cardiovascular endurance with BMI (P<0.05) but there was no signifiant relationship between BMI
and flxibility.
Conclusion: Based on our fidings we can say that an inverse relationship between obesity and
overweight with physical finess Factors So that physical condition of obese and overweight girls,
are weaker than normal people.


Physical finess, Obesity, Overweight, Girl’s students

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