[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and associated factors of unsatisfactory
self-rated health in university students. A cross-sectional study was conducted in graduate
students of a Public University in the city of Rio Branco in the Western Brazilian Amazon. The
overall prevalence of unsatisfactory self-rated health was 23.0%. After adjusting for gender and
age, the factors associated with unsatisfactory self-rated health were as follows: sedentarism during
leisure time (prevalence ratio (PR): 2.26; 95% CI: 1.56 - 3.29), consuming meals only in restaurants
(PR: 1.48; 95% CI: 1.14 - 1.94), insomnia (PR: 1.86; 95% CI: 1.50 - 2.30), headaches (PR:
2.17; 95% CI: 1.52 - 3.09), and back pain (PR: 2.03; 95% CI: 1.58 - 2.60). Thus, a high prevalence of
unsatisfactory self-rated health was identified in this group of university students. The findings
suggest immediate implementation of programs to promote healthy behaviors and to prevent
headaches, back pain and insomnia.
Health 01/2014; 6(16):2245. DOI:10.4236/health.2014.616260 · 0.51 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective: To analyze the socioeconomic factors associated with overweight and obesity in university students. Methods: Cross-sectional study on 638 university students from the Western Brazilian Amazon. The odds ratio of overweight and obesity by demographic and socioeconomic variables were calculated by multinomial regression. Results: The prevalence of overweight was 16.6%, and that of obesity was 5.3%. Living with a spouse showed a 1.8 chance of overweight and a 2.2 chance of obesity as compared to students without a spouse. Women with 1 or more children showed a high magnitude of association with overweight and obesity. Conclusion: It was shown that the main factors associated with overweight and obesity were age over 24 years, living with a spouse and having 1 or more children.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This cross-sectional study with university students examined the prevalence of regular consumption of fruits and vegetables and associated factors among students at a Federal university in Rio Branco, Acre State, Brazil. 863 undergraduates were interviewed in 2010. Overall prevalence of regular consumption of fruits and vegetables was 14.8%. Factors associated with regular consumption of fruits and vegetables were: socioeconomic classes A and B (PR = 1.70; 95%CI: 1.10-2.62), living with a partner (PR = 1.53; 95%CI: 1.02-2.29), regular physical activity (PR = 1.69; 95%CI: 1.11-2.56), and consumption of fast food twice a week or less (PR = 1.49; 95%CI: 1.04-2.13). A minority of the students met the recommendation to consume fruits and vegetables 5 or more days a week. Regular fruit and vegetable consumption was associated with socioeconomic status and healthy habits such as physical exercise and low consumption of fast food.
Cadernos de saúde pública / Ministério da Saúde, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública 07/2012; 28(7):1405-13. DOI:10.1590/S0102-311X2012000700018 · 0.98 Impact Factor