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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2013 June;172(6):487-94

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Anthropometric characteristics, physical fitness and lifestyles of university students in the Maule region of Chile

Santos C. S. 1, Contreras A. M. M. 1, Bawarshi Y. A. 1, Faúndez C. C. 1, Fuentes E. Q. 2, 3, Palomo I. G. 2, 3

1 Sports and Physical Activity Program, University of Talca, Talca, Chile;
2 Department of Clinical Biochemisty and Immunohematology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Excellence, Research Program on Health Aging (PIEI-ES) Universidad de Talca, Talca, Chile;
3 Centro de Estudios en , Alimentos Procesados (CEAP), Conicyt-Regional, Gore Maule, Talca, Chile


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Aim: Metabolic risk and cardiovascular diseases are potentially modifiable. To determine anthropometric indicators, the physical fitness level, and lifestyles of the students of the University of Talca, Chile.
Methods: One thousand two hundred students between the ages 18 and 26 (55.7% women) participated in the study. They were evaluated according to anthropometric parameters and physical fitness.
Results: 26.6% of the participants had a body mass index above 25 kg/m2, and 9.4% had a waist circumference with increased risk. The 70% of the student participants reported doing sedentary activities in their free time, with 90% reporting that they do not do physical activity because of lack of time, excessive studying, disinterest, and laziness.
Conclusion: In this study, there is a high probability that the students will contract different metabolic and cardiovascular diseases in the future given the high rates of sedentarism, excess weight or obesity and poor physical condition demonstrated.

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