INVESTIGATING THE PERVASIVENESS OF OBESITY AMONG ADOLESCENTS IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN CALABAR METROPOLIS, CROSS RIVER STATE – NIGERIA
Keywords:Adolescents, Obesity, Pervasiveness, Private and Public.
This study was to investigate the pervasiveness of obesity among adolescents in private and public secondary schools in
Calabar Metropolis of Cross River State, Nigeria. Survey research design was adopted for the study. Stratified random
sampling technique was adopted to select 400 students (200 from private and 200 from public secondary schools) in
Calabar Metropolis of Cross River State, Nigeria. Structured questionnaire titled “Pervasiveness of Obesity Among
Adolescents (POAD)” was used to obtain data. The data obtained were analyzed using independent t-test statistic. All
hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The results indicated that significant differences existed between the
students of private and public secondary schools as regards the pervasiveness of obesity in the study area. It was
recommended among other things that Private school students most especially the adolescents should be involved in proper
fitness programmes to help in improving their health thereby reducing the risk factors of having obesity related disorders.