International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 8, Part H (2016)
Influence of body mass index on peak expiratory flow rate
S Suganya and V Philominal
Body Mass Index (BMI) is one of the important factors for each human being to keep oneself healthy. Assessment of BMI made easy to investigate the amount of adiposity. Many health consequences were associated with underweight and overweight. Lung function tends to decrease in underweight and obesity. Totally 60 males and 60 females were included in this study of age group between 18-25 years. The participants were selected based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. Only healthy individuals were recruited in this study and subjects with respiratory illness or history of any co-existing morbidities were excluded from this study. This study was approved by Institutional ethical committee. Lung function was assessed by recording PEFR using Wrights peak flow meter and Breath Holding Time (BHT) was recorded using stop watch. Data’s was analysed using SPSS software. As a result PEFR and BHT were significantly reduced in underweight and obese (P<0.01). On comparison between males and females, PEFR and BHT were reduced drastically in females than males (P<0.05).
How to cite this article:
S Suganya, V Philominal. Influence of body mass index on peak expiratory flow rate. Int J Appl Res 2016;2(8):518-521.