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Objectives: To find the prevalence of obesity among the adult male population and to assess the relation of obesity with physical activity.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study design was conducted from March 2013 to September 2013, in the four union councils of District Charsadda. The sample size was 400 according to WHO sample size calculation with 50% prevalence, 95% confidence interval and 5% precision. Adult males of age group 20-60 years were included in the study while male age either less than 20 or more than were excluded from the study population. A multistage sampling technique was followed in which initially the main city of District Charsadda was divided into clusters on the basis of union councils and then form these by simple random method four union councils were selected. A pretested structured questionnaire was used for data collection of various variables like age, occupation, average daily food intake, moderate to severe physical activity causing calories burn. Height and weight were measured and Body Mass Index was calculated for each of the individual by means of standard measuring protocols. Data analysis and interpretation were done using Statistical Package for Social Sciences and Microsoft Excel software programs and results were evaluated in the light of the proposed hypothesis and presented in forms of frequency and percentage.
Results: Our study results showed 20% prevalence of obesity. The average calories intake per person was more in approximately 75% of the study population. The average calories burns per day were 1442.85 calories which were less as compared to international food guidelines. Among the obese, 95% had decreased physical activity and more calories intake as compared to normal non obese men. Our results showed that decreased physical activity/ sedentary life style showed positive correlation with obesity.
Conclusion: Obesity in adult male was positively associated with sedentary lifestyles, high caloric intake, and reduce physical activity.
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