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We are pleased to inform you that Avalon University School of Medicine, Curacao is conducting a research project in collaboration with the Psychology department of the University of Alberta, Canada. The topic is about the Modern Lifestyle of North American and Antillean students.

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Avalon university school of medicine

Avalon University School of Medicine

By Avalon University School of Medicines


Modern lifestyle of north american and antillean students

Modern Lifestyle of North American and Antillean Students

We are pleased to inform you that Avalon University School of Medicine, Curacao is conducting a research project in collaboration with the Psychology department of the University of Alberta, Canada. The topic is about the Modern Lifestyle of North American and Antillean students.

The focus of the project is to highlight the rate and dangers of obesity amongst the student population, and how obesity affects the health.

There are many diseases and health related issues that are related to obesity such as – cardiovascular diseases, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, sleeping problems (e.g. sleep apnea), etc. It is imperative to observe the student population in terms of obesity in order to provide adequate preventive measures for the diseases and health issues mentioned above.


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Modern Lifestyle of North American and Antillean Students

The knowledge of population differences in dietary lifestyles in relation to obesity would greatly contribute to current public health improvement initiatives as well as for future studies.


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Modern Lifestyle of North American and Antillean Students


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Modern Lifestyle of North American and Antillean Students

Curaçao is an unique place in this world, and the universities in Curaçao have students from the neighboring islands such as Bonaire, Aruba and the other Antillean islands whom are in pursuit of a college degree.

This was beneficial in this research project for the reason of having a large Antillean population as participants. Likewise, the University of Alberta is one of the largest schools in Canada that provides an education for students across all of Canada, thus representing the Canadian population for this research project. Criteria for “resident” of each country will be defined as “a person who has lived in the country for a minimum of 5 years”.


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Modern Lifestyle of North American and Antillean Students

The objective is to measure Body Mass Index (BMI), Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) and waist circumference (WC) as an indicator of the population risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), the normal range of BMI is 18.5-24.9, overweight is 25-29.9 and obese is above 30; WHR of 0.7-0.8 for women and 0.9-1.0 for men is considered optimal; and finally, males with WC of 94cm or more and females with 80cm or more are considered to be at higher risk of developing obesity-related health problems such as the ones mentioned above.


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Modern Lifestyle of North American and Antillean Students

Collaboration details:

Avalon has been in contact with one of the research professors in University of Alberta (Psychology department) and he has agreed to work together with us in this study.Avalon will show priority in discipline. Nothing is more important than a well-crafted and well-articulated discipline policy.


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Modern Lifestyle of North American and Antillean Students

Materials and Methods

Two populations will be compared in this study, the Canadian and the Antillean population. The variables will be compared to find a correlation i.e. does having a high BMI mean having a high WHR or WC. Also, it would be useful to find out if WC alone can be a good predictor of obesity as opposed to WHR.

The differences between each population will be measured and a conclusion will be made concerning the percentage of the population that is at risk of developing CVD as measured through BMI, WHR and WC for both populations. However, since we are not considering other factors that could contribute to the CVD risk, we will not be able to make any causal relationships in this study. School of Medicine


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Modern Lifestyle of North American and Antillean Students

The participant pool will consist of students of educational institutions in both locations i.e. universities on the Island of Curacao and University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. These populations will serve as an sample population representative of the Antillean and Canadian populations.

Based on the participant pool, our study will only show data for ages 17 and over; we have decided to make this representative of the average student population. School of Medicine


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Modern Lifestyle of North American and Antillean Students

BMI will be measured by dividing the weight by the height measurements, WHR will be calculated by dividing the waist circumference by the hip circumference, measured with the use of a measuring tape.


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Avalon University School of Medicine


Avalon university modern lifestyle of north american and antillean students

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