Anthropometric Parameters and Their Relationship with Obesity in Adolescent Boys (Aged 13-17) in Delhi, India

Sandhya Banik


In today’s world limited data are available on adolescent obesity regarding the better predictor among various parameters of anthropometric parameters. The aim of this study was to investigate whether there is a correlation between the obesity and anthropometric parameters such as Body mass index, waist circumference, waist to height ratio and to find out which one is the better predictor of obesity among these parameters. A status study was designed under purposive sampling included 162 school going adolescents in urban areas of the Delhi, India in the year 2013-2014.In this study, the prevalence of obesity and overweight was found between 3.70% and 19.75% respectively. According to waist to height ratio analysis 36.42% and waist circumference 22.83% male adolescents were found obese. Body Mass index, Waist to height ratio and Waist circumference were significantly correlated with each other. It was concluded that waist to height ratio is a better predictor for the obesity than Body mass index and Waist circumference. 

Keywords: Body mass index, Waist height ratio, Obesity, Adolescents.


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