INTRODUCTION: Being overweight and obese are a major concern across the globe, as it impact one’s quality of life.
AIM: To assess the self-reported Obesity status of private school teachers teaching in various schools of district Panchkula, Haryana, India
MATERIALS AND METHOD: A Descriptive, cross sectional study, questionnaire based study was conducted among school teachers of Panchkula District, Haryana, India using self-reported 10 item-questionnaire. The data was duly entered into Microsoft excel wherein descriptive statistics were applied and then, regression analysis to find differences if any, was applied using SPSS version 21.0 (IBM Corp, Armonk NY)
RESULTS: Of a 500 questionnaires distributed, 417 were fit for data entry (response rate 83.4%) with a majority of the study subjects being females (220,52.7%), and 97.1% of the teachers taught in private schools. The overall prevalence of obesity 15.1% was reported based on self-reported BMI. A non-significant p value of .006.(Regression analysis) between males and females with respect to their self-reported BMI was observed.
CONCLUSION: Efforts are required to be directed to prevent obesity among schoolteachers, who act as role-models for their students.