Binge eating and sitting behavior as a risk cluster in obesity among software employees

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https://doi.org/10.3126/ijosh.v12i4.41140

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Binge eating disorder, Sedentary Behavior, Software employees, Lifestyle, Obesity, Sitting time, BMI

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Introduction: Binge eating disorder (BED) was underdiagnosed, underestimated eating disorder known to be responsible for obesity in both children and adults. Sedentary behavior estimated by measuring the sitting time was one of the major contributing factors in the development of metabolic syndrome in adults. People working in Information Technology (IT) sector possess both of these determinants in a significant capacity and thereby might be at risk for obesity, which in turn can be responsible for various cardio-metabolic events in their life.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 513 working adults belonging to the IT sector, using a face-to-face interview with a pre-tested questionnaire along with anthropometric measurements to measure BMI for obesity. Binge-eating disorder screener-7 for adults was adopted to assess the disorder, and the Marshall Sitting Questionnaire was used to evaluate their sitting behavior.

Results: The study found that the prevalence of BED (23%) was higher in unmarried individuals, and moderate BED is significantly associated with higher BMI among them. Conversely, sitting time (Mean=8.83 hours/day) was seen mostly in married adults, and is also associated with higher BMI. As a risk cluster, both BED and sitting time combined had higher odds of resulting in Obesity than existing separately.

Conclusion: Several lifestyle factors such as binge-watching TV, late working hours, higher salaries, etc., have contributed to developing Binge eating disorder and higher sitting time, which pose a significant risk for metabolic disorders like obesity.

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Vishnu Vardhan Yenuganti, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, CARE, Kelambakkam, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine
E-mail: drvishnu44@gmail.com

Rajesh Kannan Sivakumar, Chettinad Hospital & Research Institute, CARE, Chennai, India

Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine
E-mail: drkannan121@gmail.com

Srinivas Rao Darmisetty, Anantapur Government Medical College, Anantapur, India

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine
E-mail: dr.srinivasraod@gmail.com

Sasikumar P J, Narayana Medical College, Nellore, India

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine
E-mail: dr.sasikumar116@gmail.com

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Published

2022-09-30

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Yenuganti, V. V., Sivakumar, R. K., Darmisetty, S. R., & P J, S. (2022). Binge eating and sitting behavior as a risk cluster in obesity among software employees. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health, 12(4), 269–275. https://doi.org/10.3126/ijosh.v12i4.41140

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