Fast food consumption and overweight/obesity prevalence in students and its association with general and abdominal obesity


Abdominal Obesity
Fast Foods


Background: Nowadays, the prevalence of both fast food consumption and overweight/obesity has been increased. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of fast food consumption and to assess its association with abdominal and general obesity.

Study design: A cross-sectional study. 

Method: Three hundred students were selected from two largest universities in Qom, center of Iran, studying in medical and basic sciences fields in 2015. Data collection was conducted by a modified version of NELSON’ fast food questionnaire and anthropometric measures including Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) and Body Mass Index (BMI). Chi-square, independent t-test, and multivariate logistic regression were used for statistical analysis.

Results: According to our results, 72.4% (67.4% in females vs. 80.7% in males) had at least one type of fast food consumption in the recent month including sandwich 44.4%, Pizza 39.7%, and fried chicken 13.8%,. The obesity prevalence based on BMI and WHR was 21.3% (95% CI: 19.4, 23.2%) and 33.2% (95% CI: 30.7, 35.7), respectively. Fast food consumption was related to abdominal obesity as WHR (OR: 1.46, 95% CI: 1.11, 2.26), but was not related to general obesity as BMI (OR: 0.97, 95% CI: 0.63, 1.52).

Conclusion: The prevalence of fast food consumption and obesity/overweight in Iranian student is high. Fast food consumption was associated with abdominal obesity based WHR, but did not related to general obesity based on BMI.


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