Characteristics of Obese People in Istanbul
Keywords:Obesity, Skipping a meal, Fast eating, Lack of physical activity, Emotional eating
Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the factors that are responsible for obesity by examining the eating habits, age and gender distribution of the persons who came to the Sports Physiology clinic.
Methods: We have made full body analysis of the outpatients who applied to our Sports Physiology clinic from November 2015 to October 2016 using a bio-impedance device. We have noted their eating habits, regularity of their food intake and daily activities.
Results: Of 2115 applicants 1514 were women and 601 were men. The numbers for the children and adolescents were 422 girls and 314 boys. There was a statistically significant difference between the numbers of girls and boys in below 7 year age group and between 11-17 age groups. In adults groups, however, other than 20-25 year age group, all other groups had significantly more women compared to men. Skipping a meal and not having breakfast were most important factors common to our outpatients. Fast eating, lack of physical activity and consumption of food to reduce stress (emotional eating) were the other common factors.
Conclusion: It is believed that the current findings will help generate public awareness in the fight against obesity.
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