Prevalence of Obesity in Malay Population in Malaysia Based on the BMI Status; A study in Terengganu

Hassan Basri, Mukhali and Ahmad Zubaidi, A.latif and Nordin, Simbak and Atif, Amin Baig (2017) Prevalence of Obesity in Malay Population in Malaysia Based on the BMI Status; A study in Terengganu. In: International Community Health Conference 2017, 7 December 2017, Kuala Terengganu.

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Background A normal health status is highly depends on body weight. Many health problems may occur or imposed risk for extremely obese individuals. BMI status may be useful to overcome the associated comorbidities. This study determined the prevelance of obesity and its types among adults, aged 19 – 60 years, in the Terrengannu during 2015. Methods A cross sectional study was conducted for a period of six months. A total of 340 subjects were recruited through volunteer sampling. The BMI was determined by the standard method. Wellappropiate antropometric calculations (BMI, Waist circumference, hip circumference, fat percentage) were computed to assess the indices of obesity and its types. WHO classification for determining an obese subject was followed. Results BMI was determined for all the subjects and it was found that out of 340 subjects, a total of 95 subjects (27.9%) were found to be obese as per WHO criterion for BMI, a total of 122 subjects were overweight (35.8%) and normal BMI indivudlas were 123 (36.1%). Conculsion To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report with a high subject size, reporting the prevalnace of obesity in Malaysia (Terengganu) to be 27.6% with a prevalence of overweight to be 35.8%. There is a serious need to address this alarming prevalence of obesity by studying the genetics, non-genetics associated factors and diet related CVD risks for obese and overweight subjects in Terengganu and Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Muhammad Akmal Azhar
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2020 02:31
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2020 02:31

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