Lifestyle Practices and Prevalence of obesity in a Community Within a university

Moy, F.M.; Atiya, A.S. (2005) Lifestyle Practices and Prevalence of obesity in a Community Within a university. Journal of the University of Malaya Medical Centre (JUMMEC), 8 (1). ISSN 1823-7339

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    Malaysia has undergone rapid pace of industrialization and urbanization in recent decades and this has brought about imminent changes in the lifestyle of Malaysians. This is a cross-sectional study which attempts to examine the lifestyle practices and the prevalence of obesity of a group of security guards and their spouses of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Data collection was conducted by both the methods of face-to-face interview and self-administered questionnaire. The respondents were surveyed on lifestyle practices such as smoking habits, exercise and eating pattern. Anthropometric measurement such as weight and height were also taken to establish the extend of obesity by using Body Mass Index (BMI). This study reveals that the community did have some unhealthy Lifestyle practices such as smoking (27.7%; 95%CI 20.2%, 36.2%), low prevalence of adequate exercise (13.8%;95%CI 8.4%, 21.0%); high prevalence of overweight and obesity (64%; 95%CI 55.1%, 72.3%); and high prevalence of co-morbidities such as diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases. In conclusion, the community is considered to be a vulnerable and high-risk group for morbidity and mortality with the above predisposed risk factors.

    Item Type: Article
    1. Moy, F.M.(University of Malaya)
    2. Atiya, A.S.(University of Malaya)
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the University of Malaya Medical Centre (JUMMEC)
    Additional Information: University of Malaya. Dept. of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Lifestyle Practices; Overweight and Obesity
    Subjects: R Medicine
    Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
    Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
    Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2011 10:16
    Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 12:14

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