RESEARCH ARTICLE


A Cross-Sectional Study: Predicting Health Risks Among Female University Students



Qassim I. Muaidi1, Mohammad Ahsan1, *
1 Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Imam Abdul Rahman bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Imam Abdul Rahman bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia; Tel: +966503385534, +96633331244; Fax: +9663333 0225; E-mail: mahsan@iau.edu.sa


Abstract

Background:

Good health is very important in our lives and plays a significant role. Many health risks are associated with an unhealthy lifestyle. These risks are responsible for raising the risk of chronic heart diseases and other health complications. Females are not exempted from these issues.

Objective:

To identify the obesity-associated health risks of female students by using selected anthropometric measurements.

Methods:

A cross-sectional study was conducted including 300 females aged 20.82 ± 5.23 years from the college of applied medical sciences, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University. The anthropometric measurements (body mass index, percentage of body fat, visceral fat area, waist circumference, waist-hip ratio,and waist-height ratio) were taken with the help of an auto-calibrated bioelectric impedance device. The waist-height ratio was determined by dividing waist circumference with height. Cross tabulation was done to scrutinize the participant’s levels at risk and high risk. Linear regression analysis was done to see the relationship and prediction between selected anthropometric measurements.

Results:

The finding showed that BMI level was high in 55% of participants, Waist-height ratio over the average level was 46.67% and 21% of participants had a visceral fat area on risk. Linear regression analysis showed a strong association among body mass index, percentage of body fat, visceral fat area, waist circumference, waist-hip ratio,and waist-height ratio and statistically significant to each other at the 0.01 level.

Conclusion:

The selected anthropometric measurements can be used to identify health-related risks. Though, when any anthropometric measurement dichotomized as standard or high, BMI is the best measure to predict health risk.

Keywords: Good health, Health risks, Female students, Risk of chronic heart diseases, Anthropometric measurements, Health-related risks.