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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 268-272
Study frequency of hypertension and obesity and their relationship with lifestyle factors (nutritional habits, physical activity, cigarette consumption) in Ardabil city physicians, 2012-13

1 Department of Pediatrics, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, Iran
2 Department of Community medicine, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, Iran
3 Department of Basic Science, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, Iran
4 School of Medicine, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, Iran

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Saeid Sadeghieh Ahari
Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.193332

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Background and Objective: Few studies have been done on lifestyle of Iranian physicians. As physicians have important role in health promotion, the main goal of the study was to assess the lifestyle of this influential group. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted on lifestyle of all registered physicians of Ardabil hospitals, Iran, 2012–13. In this research, 225 physicians were selected, by using simple random sampling. Demographic and lifestyle data were obtained by self-report using standard questionnaires, physical activity by official Iranian short-version of the international physical activity questionnaire, and dietary intake by food frequency questionnaire. Weight and height was performed according to standard protocols by using standardized and zero calibrated instruments. Data were analyzed by inferential statistics using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences.16 software. Results: Findings showed that 8% of participants were hypertensive, 21.3% smoker, 40%–47% inactive, 51.1% overweight, and 18.2% obese. There was a significant relationship between blood pressure and self-reported lifestyle habits (P < 0.05). And 70.7% of males and 74.1% of females had regular 10-min walking each day and moderate activity of males was significantly higher than females (P < 0.05). Food frequency weekly consumption of overweight and obese physicians were significantly higher than normal weight physicians (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Few doctors follow a healthy lifestyle; this may have a negative effect on society attitude about health.

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