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Abstract

The aim of the research was to compare morphology of Iraqi students of the first and fourth years of study with mostly sedentary style of life. The research involved 88 students of the first year of study and 88 students of the fourth year of study of the University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq. Basic anthropometric measurements were taken of the body mass, straight-linear dimensions, parts of extremities’ circumferences, skin-fat folds. The fourth-year students had significantly greater body mass as compared to the first year students. Their linear dimensions were higher, even though insignificantly; their circumferences and skin-fat folds were significantly higher. BMI was for both groups within a norm, but the fourth-year students had a greater value of this index. It could be concluded that the sedentary style of life was the reason for higher values of body dimensions, especially skin-fat folds, in students of the fourth year of study. Another reason was probably lack of exercise and westernization of lifestyle, especially fast food consumption. The city and university administration should establish places for all people in order to prepare the neighbourhoods for exercising.

DOI

10.29359/BJHPA.09.2.03

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