Endocrine Abstracts (2008) 16 P190

The knowledge of society about risk factors for cardiovascular diseases like obesity and prevention of it

Bereliant Bozorgmehr, Shideh Fatahi & Morteza Abdollahi


Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.


Aims: Increasing the nutritional knowledge of society about risk factors for diabetes mellitus like obesity and cardiovascular diseases.

Background: Cardiovascular diseases are one of the most important cause of death between the people in many countries, and obesity is one of the important causes for cardiovascular diseases. So the society’s knowledge about risk factors for it like obesity is very important to prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Methods: The method was the clinical trial on 84 occupied men. The sampling was at random. After selecting the samples, the first application was completed by the samples. Then the samples were divided into two groups (42 control, 42 test). For the test group, we showed an educational video film, and after one month, the second application was completed by the two groups.

Results: In the first application, the two groups didn’t have good knowledge about risk factors for cardiovascular diseases like obesity. In the second application, the control group did not obtain good knowledge, but in test group their knowledge increased significantly (P<0.001).

The comparison of knowledge between the two groups, showed statistically important difference (P<0.001).

Conclusion: This study showed that the society’s knowledge about risk factors for cardiovascular diseases like obesity is minimal, and the educational video film had an important effect on increasing the society’s knowledge about it.

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