Background: Obesity is associated with low-grade inflammation, frequently related with anemia and predisposes to long-lasting diseases in old age. Objectives: To assess the relationship of blood hemoglobin with body mass index among medical students of CMH Kharian Medical College.
Methodology: Total 200 medical student of CMH Kharian medical college were recruited for the study. Consent was taken. Students were given and asked to complete a questionnaire based on anthropometric estimates. Level of hemoglobin was estimated by sysmex analyzer. BMI was calculated by taking the weight and height of students. SPSS v 22 was used to assess the relation between HB and BMI index with p value set at 0.05.
Results: Among these students, 60 % were female and 40 % were male. Statistical analysis showed significantly high level of Hb in both gender with mild variation in the values of BMI in comparison to their controls. However, a non-significant positive correlation was observed between BMI and hemoglobin. Females were more underweight than males, though their percentage as normal and obese was also greater than males.
Conclusion: A positive non-significant correlation was observed between Hb and BMI was observed. Anemia screening is important for the identification of at-risk population as well as for the determination of treatment modality in adolescents.
Key Words: Basal Metabolic Index, Hemoglobin, Anemia, Obesity.