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J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2008 Jun;48(2):211-6.

BMI, fat percentage and VO2max in college female staff.

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  • 1Islamic Azad University, Ardebil Branch, Iran. bnakhostin_aau@yahoo.com

Abstract

AIM:

Low levels of physical activity and cardio respiratory fitness are both associated with higher risk of all-cause and disease-specific mortality. The purpose of this study is to examine obesity and fitness of the female staff of Ardebil Azad University in the northwest of Iran.

METHODS:

Thirty seven staff (medium age: 32.97+/-5.81 year, height: 158.21+/-5.88 cm, Body Mass Index [BMI]: 26.59+/-4.02 kg/m(2)) of Ardebil Azad University participated in this study voluntarily. Primary measurements of interest in the present study were height, BMI, subcutaneous skin folds, and cardio respiratory fitness determined by 1 609 meter (one mile) walk test.

RESULTS:

The subjects of the present study are more obese than some other population (fat percentage: 28.68+/-5.33) and cardio respiratory fitness of them is rather low (VO(2max): 33.43+/-6.90 mL/kg/min).

CONCLUSION:

Social/lifestyle factors such as the level of education, marital status, exercise, dietary and smoking habits may be related to overweight/obesity and cardio respiratory fitness in female staff of Ardebil Azad University.

PMID:
18427417
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