Distribution and association of weight-loss diet programs with body mass index and health status among students at Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Jordan
Osama Y. Althunibat 1 , Sultan Ayesh Mohammed Saghir 1 * , Saleem Hmoud Aladaileh 1 , Atika Alrawadeh 1 , Mahmoud Al-Areefi 2 , Reham D. Alghonmeen 1 , Alayn ' Al-Marddyah A. Alkhawaldeh 1 , Heba M. Obaidat 1
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1 Department of Medical Analysis, Princess Aisha Bint Al-Hussein College of Nursing and Medical Sciences, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Ma'an, JORDAN2 Faculty of Public Health & Health Informatics, Umm Al Qura University, Makkah, SAUDI ARABIA* Corresponding Author

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Introduction: Many people today, even those with a healthy body mass index (BMI), misperceive their body image and attempt an unhealthy diet regimen to lose weight. The present study aimed to investigate the distribution of weight-loss diet programs among undergraduate students at Al-Hussein Bin Talal University (AHU), Jordan, and to study the association of these strategies with students’ BMI and health status.
Materials and methods: 1,200 questionnaires were distributed for undergraduate students at AHU, then the data were collected and analyzed using SPSS version 21.
Results: The results show that 43.53% (8.50% males & 91.50% females) of respondents were following weight-loss diet programs. Dieting students had a significantly higher mean BMI value (25.67±2.86), compared to non-dieting students (23.23±3.70). “To look better” was found to be the most common reason for trying a weight-loss diet program. Additionally, a significant correlation (p=0.008) was found between skipping breakfast and the occurrence of irregular and painful periods among dieting students.
Conclusion: Weight-loss diet programs, which involve several unhealthy practices, are widely practiced among AHU undergraduate students, leading to the development of a variety of dietary side effects. Hence, more caution must be taken when attempting weight-loss diet programs.

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Article Type: Original Article

ELECTRON J GEN MED, 2022, Volume 19, Issue 6, Article No: em414

https://doi.org/10.29333/ejgm/12424

Publication date: 05 Sep 2022

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