Exploring the Relationship between Body Mass Index and Anxiety Status Among Ahlia University Students

  • Sayed Tantawy Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medical and Health Sciences, Ahlia University, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; Department of Physiotherapy, Centre of Radiation, Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
  • Nada Ikram Karamat Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medical and Health Sciences, Ahlia University, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Rana Sulaiman Al Gannas Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medical and Health Sciences, Ahlia University, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Sara Abdulrahman Khadem Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medical and Health Sciences, Ahlia University, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Dalia M. Kamel Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medical and Health Sciences, Ahlia University, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; Department of Physical Therapy for Women’s Health, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt
Keywords: Anxiety, Body mass index, Obesity


BACKGROUND: Mood disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorders, and other mental disorders could be due to obesity which is a prevalent condition among majority of population nowadays, whereas changes in anxiety level of individuals are also thought to have an influence on body mass index (BMI).

AIM: The objective of the study was to investigate the relationship between BMI and anxiety status among Ahlia University students.

METHODS: A total of 80 male and female students from different colleges of Ahlia University were included in our study. Their ages ranged between 18 and 25 years old with different BMI. The students were asked to fill a (GAD 7 scale) questionnaire related to anxiety level; their BMI was calculated.

RESULTS: There was a significant relationship between BMI and anxiety status (negative correlation) (p < 0.019).

CONCLUSIONS: We concluded that BMI is inversely proportional to anxiety level, the reduction in BMI level is linked with elevated anxiety level and vice versa.


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Tantawy S, Karamat NI, Al Gannas RS, Khadem SA, Kamel DM. Exploring the Relationship between Body Mass Index and Anxiety Status Among Ahlia University Students. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2020Feb.15 [cited 2020Oct.31];8(B):20-5. Available from: https://www.id-press.eu/mjms/article/view/3226