Volume : 3
Issue : 2
Online ISSN : 2394-2126
Print ISSN : 2394-2118
Article First Page : 106
Article End Page : 107
Background: Obesity has emerged as a major health problem in past few decades, in developing countries like India. It is found to affect the lung functions significantly. This study was designed to study the correlation of PEFR with BMI.
Methods: Sixty male volunteers were analyzed in the study. They were classified into obese (BMI> or =30) and non-obese (BMI<30). Subjects were grouped into two groups, age 25-32 years in one group and age 33-45years in another group. PEFR was measured using Wrights Mini peak flow meter. Data was analyzed using unpaired t test.
Results: There was no significant difference in PEFR values, with respect to BMI, in young age group. However it was found that, PEFR was inversely related to BMI, as age advances.
Conclusion: This study concludes that PEFR is inversely related to BMI as age increases, and obesity is an important risk factor for reduced airflow or lung functions.
Key words: PEFR, Obesity, Lung functions