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Poor Physical Performance is Associated with Obesity Among University Students in China

Tianhua Du, Ergang Zhu, Suhua Jiao

School of Comprehensive Foundation, Wannan Medical College, Wuhu, Anhui, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit Basic Res 2017; 23:173-178

DOI: 10.12659/MSMBR.904380

Available online: 2017-05-05

Published: 2017-05-05


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between physical performance and BMI (body mass index) of university students in China.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study evaluating the physical performance and BMI of university students. BMI was calculated based on height and weight. Overweight and obesity were defined by the Working Group on Obesity references in China.
RESULTS: A total of 2313 participants (978 males and 1335 females) were recruited in our study. The mean value of the 50-meter dash and standing long jump in male students was higher than in female students (P<0.05). The overall prevalences of overweight (including obesity) and obesity for male students were 17.9% and 4.2%, respectively, and 5.1% and 0.5%, respectively, for female university students. BMI was weakly positively associated with the 50-meter dash score, but was negatively associated with the score for standing long jump and pull-ups.
CONCLUSIONS: Our study suggested that overweight and obesity are associated with physical performance of university students, especially in male students. University students should exercise more to improve physical health.

Keywords: Motor Activity, Obesity, Students, Medical