RESEARCH ARTICLE


The Correlation between Age, Fat Intake, and Visceral Fat and Body Mass Index at the Gym



Sunarto Kadir1, *, Yasir Mokodompis1
1 Department of Public Health, Faculty of Sports and Health, State University of Gorontalo, Gorontalo 96128, Indonesia


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Sports and Health, State University of Gorontalo, Jl. Jend. Sudirman No.6, Dulalowo Tim., Kec. Kota Tengah, Kota Gorontalo, Gorontalo 96128, Indonesia; Tel; +62 812-4419-262; E-mail: sunartokadir.ung@gmail.com


Abstract

Background:

This study aimed to investigate the correlation between age, fat intake, visceral fat, and body mass index (BMI) of gym members.

Methods:

A cross-sectional approach was employed with a sample of 87 respondents. Primary data were obtained from three different gyms, while secondary data was obtained from gym owners. A questionnaire was used as the research instrument, and the Chi Square test was used for data analysis.

Results:

The majority of respondents had a higher fat intake than recommended, and most had high levels of visceral fat. In terms of BMI, the majority were classified as either overweight or obese. Bivariate analysis showed significant correlations between age, fat intake, and visceral fat with BMI among gym members.

Conclusion:

This study found that age, fat intake, and visceral fat were significantly correlated with BMI among gym members. The findings suggest the importance of promoting healthy dietary habits and exercise among gym members, particularly those older or with high visceral fat levels.

Keywords: Age, Body mass index, Correlation, Fat intake, Visceral fat, Gymmembers.