Prevalence of Overweight among Military Personnel of a Selected Bangladesh Army Unit
Introduction: Overweight are associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality, but prevalence data on these conditions are not readily available among military personnel in Bangladesh. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of overweight and its association with sociodemographic characteristics among military personnel in a unit of Bangladesh Army.
Objectives: The aim of the present study was therefore to determine the prevalence of overweight/obesity among military personnel in a military unit of Jalalabad cantonment and also to investigate their association with selected sociodemographic characteristics.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among 385 military personnel. Height weight, BMI were assessed using standardized procedures.
Results: Prevalence of overweight was 54(14%) and n
one of the participants were obese or underweight. Overweight status was significantly (p<0.05) higher among 30-45 years of age group and JCOs. No significant association was found with other socio-demographic characteristics.
Conclusion: Though overall prevalence of overweight was low among military personnel because of their physical hardship and training. But it is significantly higher among the JCOs and younger age groups. Life style modification and education on appropriate diet and physical exercise during formal and informal sessions may be advised.
Journal of Armed Forces Medical College Bangladesh Vol.14 (2) 2018: 193-196