Prevalence of health-risk behaviors and mental well-being of ASEAN university students in COVID-19 pandemic

Rahman, Hanif Abdul and Amornsriwatanakul, Areekul and Abdul-Mumin, Khadizah H. and Agustiningsih, Denny and Chaiyasong, Surasak and Chia, Michael and Chupradit, Supat and Huy, Le Quang and Ivanovitch, Katiya and Nurmala, Ira and Abdul Majid, Hazreen and Nazan, Ahmad Iqmer Nashriq Mohd and Rodjarkpai, Yuvadee and de la Cruz, Ma Henrietta Teresa O. and Mahmudiono, Trias and Sriboonma, Krissachai and Sudnongbua, Supaporn and Vidiawati, Dhanasari and Wattanapisit, Apichai and Charoenwattana, Sukanya and Cahyani, Nani and Car, Josip and Ho, Moon-Ho Ringo and Rosenberg, Michael (2022) Prevalence of health-risk behaviors and mental well-being of ASEAN university students in COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (14). ISSN 1660-4601, DOI

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The prevalence of epidemiological health-risk behaviors and mental well-being in the COVID-19 pandemic, stratified by sociodemographic factors in Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) university students, were examined in the research. Data were collected in March-June 2021 via an online survey from 15,366 university students from 17 universities in seven ASEAN countries. Analyzed data comprised results on physical activity, health-related behaviors, mental well-being, and sociodemographic information. A large proportion of university students consumed sugar-sweetened beverages (82.0%; 95%CI: 81.4, 82.6) and snacks/fast food daily (65.2%; 95%CI: 64.4, 66.0). About half (52.2%; 95%CI: 51.4, 53.0) consumed less than the recommended daily amounts of fruit/vegetable and had high salt intake (54%; 95%CI: 53.3, 54.8). Physical inactivity was estimated at 39.7% (95%CI: 38.9, 40.5). A minority (16.7%; 95%CI: 16.1, 17.3) had low mental well-being, smoked (8.9%; 95%CI: 8.4, 9.3), and drank alcohol (13.4%; 95%CI: 12.8, 13.9). Country and body mass index had a significant correlation with many health-risk behaviors and mental well-being. The research provided important baseline data for guidance and for the monitoring of health outcomes among ASEAN university students and concludes that healthy diet, physical activity, and mental well-being should be key priority health areas for promotion among university students.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Centre of Advanced Research, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, UBD/RSCH/1.10/FICBF(b)/2019/005, Children and Youth Physical Activity Studies, 61-00-1814, Thai Health Promotion Foundation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Exercise; Smoking; Alcohol; Diet; Mental health; Lifestyle habits; ASEAN
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Social & Preventive Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2023 02:37
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2023 02:37

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