Farhana Sultana : 0000-0001-9772-9911
Shafayet Ahmed Siddiqui : 0000-0003-4045-5379
Md. Ashraful Islam : 0000-0002-2505-203X
Mohammad Hamid Al Muktadir : 0000-0002-2855-3921
Md. Shalahuddin Millat : 0000-0003-4068-4067
Muhammed Mohibul Islam : 0000-0003-3546-8722
Abu Montakim Tareq : 0000-0003-2704-7610
Nahida Afroz : 0000-0002-4301-1039
Mahabuba Rahman : 0000-0003-0157-3903
Mohammad Nurul Amin : 0000-0002-8296-3542
Talha Bin Emran : 0000-0003-3188-2272
Background: This study aimed to investigate the risk factors and status of fast-food consumption among students in Bangladesh.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted from March to November 2020. A total of 654 samples were collected from several schools, colleges, and universities during this study period.
Results: About 60.1% and 39.9% of the students were male and female, respectively. Of the students, 53.1% considered fast food as unhealthy (p < 0.001), but only 47.7% were leading a sedentary lifestyle. A significant outcome of overweight and pre-obesity was observed for student institutions, consumption frequency, daily fast-food consumption, and sedentary lifestyle (p < 0.001). In addition, positive association was observed for fast-food consumption more than three times and less than three times per week (OR and 95% CI: 11.13 [7.52–16.47], p < 0.001), higher social class and lower class (OR and 95% CI: 2.18 [1.31–3.62], p = 0.003), fast food preference and other foods (OR and 95% CI: 1.55 [1.11–2.15], p = 0.009), and sedentary and heavily active lifestyle (OR and 95% CI: 5.71 [2.02–16.10], p = 0.001) using logistic regression.
Conclusions: Overweight and obesity are serious public health concerns, which are highly associated with fast-food consumption along with lifestyle, economy, and fast-food preference among students in Dhaka City, Bangladesh.
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