[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.
[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. · 0.83 Impact Factor